Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world, and it is important for students to be able to identify this masterpiece. A simple way to put this painting in students’ memories is to have them draw it, and an easy way to get young students to get successful drawings is for them to utilize a grid.
This lesson plan describes how to teach art students how to copy the Mona Lisa using a grid with the included PowerPoint presentation. The first part of the PowerPoint shows students how to recreate the artwork line-by-line one box at a time, and the second part illustrates how to add simplified shadows.
This zip download includes a 2 page “Mona Lisa” PDF lesson plan, the “Draw a Famous Artwork Mona Lisa” PowerPoint, and the PDF “Mona Lisa Recreation” worksheet. The only preparation required is to copy the worksheet for the students so they have the grid.
This would be an easy lesson to include as part of a larger unit on Renaissance art and it’s so easy that non-art teachers can even use it since the instructor doesn't need to be able to draw for the demonstration. This could be left with a substitute for a one class period activity.
Anchor Standard: 2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Objective: Students will use proportion and value.
Activity: Students will recreate the Mona Lisa using a grid.
Materials: “Mona Lisa Recreations Sheet:, “Draw a Famous Artwork Mona Lisa” PowerPoint, and pencils
Time: 2 classes
This short drawing project would be fun to do as part of a larger unit on Renaissance art. If you’re looking for another easy to teach art project, check out the
Venetian Masks Presentation and Art Project
. Otherwise, include this low-prep drawing activity in a STEAM unit on Leonardo da Vinci or the Renaissance.