"One can have no smaller or
"Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind." Leonardo da Vinci
You will be using this online course to
study one of the most brilliant men in all of history. Leonardo da Vinci.
He lived over 400 years ago (1452-1519) and was regarded as a genius in his time. His
imagination and incredible range of talents continues to be admired to this day.
As you journey through this course, you will learn more
about da Vinci's discoveries in the fields of painting, sculpture,
architecture, astronomy, engineering, geology, mathematics, botany, animal behavior,
and even music
After you have completed the first three activities, click one of the links below to
start your study of Leonardo da Vinci.
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See photos of the Leonardo da Vinci Night performances.
Before you start the research portion of Exploring Leonardo da Vinci, you might need to use a PowerPoint Tutorial to learn some things about PowerPoint. Go to http://www.kidzonline.org/TechTraining/ . Choose PowerPoint from the menu. Do each one of the chapters. You will also need to take at least 10 pictures using the digital camera. Save the pictures on a floppy disk. More info on that later.
Before you start your biographical sketch of da Vinci, you are going to visit several sites and learn some interesting things about Leonardo da Vinci.
WRITING! Visit this site and compare Leonardo's handwriting to your own.
Discuss with someone sitting near you why you think da Vinci wrote this way. Practice
writing like Leonardo. DID YOU KNOW? If you put a pencil in both hands
and write with both hands at the same time, writing backwards will be much easier!
TURNING THE PAGES You will visit the British Library to see an original manuscript by Leonardo himself. You will be able to read the book and zoom in on the drawings. Discuss what you find with the person sitting next to you.
JOB RESUME Click the link
below to read Leonardo's job resume. What do you think about Leonardo's opinion of
his own skills?
THEFT OF THE MONA LISA Would it surprise you to learn that Leonardo da Vinci's most famous masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, was once stolen? Read about the crime that shook the art world at Treasures of the World.
Use the little Mona heads on the right of the article to find the answers to the following questions. Click the link to print the questions.
1. How was
the theft discovered?
finish the Brain Buster activities, go to the
Activity #3: Biographical Sketch
The next task that you
will complete is writing a "biographical sketch" of Leonardo da Vinci. All
students will complete an essay on this subject before moving on.
Before beginning your biographical sketch, take a look at Leonardo's Timeline to get an overview of his life.
Explore Leonardo's Timeline Why was Leonardo such a great thinker? All of the information you need is available on this timeline. There are colored buildings on the timeline directing you through Leonardo's life. Click the start button and answer the questions. Then compare you answers with the answers given.
Encarta Encyclopedia http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia
After you finish your Biographical Sketch you will choose a link from left column and begin to look at Leonardo from one of four perspectives. Was Leonardo da Vinci's most important work done as an Artist? an Inventor? an Engineer? or a Scientist?
Do you have any questions? Comments?