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Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

October 12, 2010

Mona Lisa may well be the most recognized portrait in the world and students enjoyed guessing what caused Mona Lisa to smile.  Was she going to a party?  Was she expecting a baby?  Did she love posing for artist Leonardo da Vinci?  Did she have a secret?  After a brief introduction of da Vinci, students were given a 12 x 18 sheet of manila paper and a crayon.  I made them all promise to try their best and to not complain, we were about to create our own version of Mona Lisa.  I first drew the frame and the students followed along, doing exactly what I did, adding their own decoration to the frame.  I started with a simple oval in the middle of the page, added a hairline and facial features.  We then gave our best attempt at her clothing and the background scenery.  The kids had 35 minutes and buckets of crayons to use.  Wow….I was very impressed with these kiddos, for their awesome attitudes and their willingness to try something difficult and new.  We even had a few minutes left for pictures…..:)

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