Quick! Tell Three Facts About Leonardo daVinci!

Do you know three interesting facts about Leonardo daVinci?  I’ll bet a Georgetown third grade artist can help you out!  They recently learned all about the great artist daVinci; not only did he paint the famous Mona Lisa, but he was a sculptor, inventor, musician, and mathematician.  Students examined a Mona Lisa print and discovered how daVinci was able to draw her eyes so that she seems to follow you across the room.

Third grade artists created their own Mona Lisa portraits, surrounding their portraits with drawings of inventions and notes just as Leonardo daVinci might have done.

One of my favorite parts of this project are the detailed inventions and notes!

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See more Mona Lisa portraits at our on-line gallery ARTSONIA!

I CAN Goals:

I can tell three facts about Leonardo daVinci.

I can draw a realistic portrait of the Mona Lisa.

I can show how to draw the famous Mona Lisa eyes.


Mona Lisa Gets All Gussied Up

Third grade artists have been learning about the art the famous Leonardo DaVinci.  DaVinci is part of our third grade curriculum, and we’ve done many projects based on DaVinci in the past…see them here.   And here!  And even here!

This year we prettied up our Mona Lisa project, adding a crown and jewels.  And…ask a third grader if you want to learn the secret of those mysterious Mona Lisa eyes that seem to follow you everywhere!

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Big Shoe Review

Third grade artists have been reviewing their curriculum in a fun way…the Big Shoe Review!  After drawing a giant tennis shoe, they illustrated the shoe with images and information about one of their favorite artists.  We learn about many artists throughout the school year, and we focus on three artists at each grade level every year.  This year, third graders learned in depth about “Action Jackson” Pollock, Leonardo DaVinci, and the creator of Blue Dog, Louisiana artist George Rodrigue.  I was impressed that they were also able to recall some of their second and first grade focus artists as well – Henri Matisse, Vincent VanGogh, and Pablo Picasso.

After showing everyone how to draw their giant shoe, I hung posters of our artists on the board and set out many art books for them to peruse.  Check out some of the cool shoes!

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Mona Lisa Triptych

Third grade artists have been learning about Leonardo daVinci and his famous Mona Lisa painting.  They were excited to learn daVinci’s trick of drawing eyes that seem to follow you around the room, and brainstormed lots of interesting ideas about what Mona Lisa might have been thinking about as she smiled mysteriously while her portrait was being painted.

They created their own Mona Lisa drawings in a triptych – a work of art that is divided into three sections – and wrote their Mona Lisa thoughts on the outside of the triptych.


Third Grade Mona Lisas

My third graders have been enjoying learning about the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa.  I’ve done many different versions of Mona Lisa in past years, including Mini Monas, Cat Monas, and even Giant Monas.  We’ve also imagined what Mona Lisa was thinking about and included her thoughts with our artwork.

This year’s Mona Lisa project was inspired by two things – the donation of a beautiful pile of small boxes, and an interesting project that I saw on artist Kim Welling’s blog – sweet little  panorama boxes.

Here are our fun little Mona Lisa boxes.

Our inspiration – lovely gold jewelry boxes

Many of my students planned to hang their Mona Lisa masterpieces on their Christmas trees!