Leonardo da Vinci was probably the most famous artist of all time, but the irony is if he were alive today, he would probably think the notion of labelling him as an artist is preposterous! da Vinci considered himself to be more of a scientist and inventor first and then after the fact someone that could also paint.
His talent and mastery of the Renaissance techniques though places him squarely and firmly at the top of the list of Renaissance artists. Believe it or not da Vinci is covered today on special request from my campers :)
So we undertook the challenge to recreate da Vinci's Mona Lisa... in our own style of course!
We looked at Leonardo's version, talked about the colours he used and looked at the composition of the piece. I called their attention to the 3/4 or side view of her face and how we are to treat the position of her shoulders to make the portrait look realistic.
I think they did such a super job, you might forget they are mostly 8 year olds!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)