Tuesday 29 January 2019

Leonardo da Vinci theme week at Churchend Academy School.

Churchend School have been celebrating the life of Leonardo da Vinci who died 500 years ago this year.  The students have been learning all about different aspects of da Vinci's work throughout the week and I was lucky to help explore his artworks with the children.

At the beginning of the week I worked with Years 4, 5 and 6 teaching them how to create portraits using the rules of facial proportion. Once all the features were in the correct place the children took turns in observing each other and creating accurate portraits of each other. 

I was also asked to create with the children a modern take on Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' to be painted on the wall in the childrens' dining hall. We decided that important people from history should be featured in the mural. I am proud to say that all the children in the school painted the mural from Nursery to Year 6. The students really enjoyed finding out who all the people were and why they were so important. The whole week was a fantastic experience and so many of Leonardo da Vinci's projects really came alive. Below are some photos showing the many stages of our mural.

l-r Muhammad Ali, Florence Nightingale, Gandhi, Anne Frank, Isaac Newton, Malala. 

l-r Leonardo da Vinci, Boudica, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, William Shakespeare, Queen Victoria. 

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