Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most famous artists in the world, lived and created art during the Renaissance in Europe. While this Italian painter is well known for his painting, he created many wonderful drawings. Leonardo used sfumato chiaroscuro, which was a shading technique that was popularized by his teacher, Andrea del Verrocchio. Leonardo also used “moti mentali” because he liked to illustrate human expressions and emotions.
When Leonardo was learning to become an artist, he copied drawings created by his teacher. To help students familiarize themselves with Leonardo’s art and practice the design principle of proportion, they will put themselves in the shoes of a Renaissance artist and make a copy drawing.
This download is a zip file. It includes a 29 slide PowerPoint presentation to share background information about Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings with high school art students. There is also a PDF file that includes a lecture lesson plan, a Leonardo da Vinci lecture note guide and answer key, a short test, and the test’s answer key. Additionally, there is a lesson plan for creating a copy drawing, 12 mini Leonardo da Vinci prints to use for student reference, and the art project grading rubric.
This work by Klaire Pearson
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License