Students will discover Leonardo da Vinci’s inventive ideas as they invent a new machine for the 21st century.
By Michelle Jamal [Michelle is an art educator]
- The learner will recognize the contributions of Leonardo da Vinci.
- The learner will invent a new machine for the 21st century.
- The learner will make a model of the invention.
What You Need:
- invention diagram (see recommended links below)
- cardboard boxes
- tempera paint
- paint cups
- water containers
- pipe cleaners
- fabric scraps
- construction paper
- other found objects
What You Do:
- Identify and discuss the contributions that Leonardo da Vinci made during the High Renaissance period of Art.
- Students will choose a partner. Each group of students will think of a new machine that would make life easier in the 21st century.
- Make a diagram of the machine. Briefly describe how the machine will work.
- Use cardboard boxes and other found objects to build a model of the invention.
- Paint/color the machine after it is completely put together.
- Add fabric, glitter, yarn, buttons, etc… to finish the invention.
- Present the invention to the class.
- What is the name of the invention?
- What does it do?
- How does it work?
- How much will it cost?
- Where could you purchase it?
About Leonardo Da Vinci
by Andrea Mulder-Slater, KinderArt®
Born: 1452; Died: 1519
Leonardo Da Vinci was, as you are probably aware, a true master artist. In fact, many folks refer to him as the greatest artist ever produced by the Renaissance. The man who grew to a ripe old age of 67, is probably best known for his mysterious painting, “Mona Lisa” or “La Gioconda”, a portrait of the wife of a Florentine official which was painted in Da Vinci’s later years. As a painter, Da Vinci was astounding, having trained under the watchful eye of Verrocchio, a Florentine painter, goldsmith and sculptor. Da Vinci learned his craft and went on to use it not only for pleasure, but for payment. His reputation as a master earned him many commissions. He was the original creative thinker, a philosopher as much as an artist who after contemplating a move in his work, would stop, look and contemplate some more.
A painter, sculptor, scientist, inventor, architect, mathematician and philosopher, Leonardo Da Vinci influenced generations of humans.
Leonardo’s Mysterious Machines
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Inventions
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