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 with scale and proportion 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 shadow.
This zip download includes a PDF lesson plan, PowerPoint, and the Mona Lisa Recreation worksheet. The only preparation required is to copy the worksheet.
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.
This short drawing project would be fun to do as part of a larger unit on Renaissance art. If you’re looking for an easy to teach art project, check out Venetian Masks Presentation and Art Project
This work by Klaire Pearson
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