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ART HISTORY: The objective of Art History Lessons is to invite the students of all ages
to create their own versions of numerous great paintings. By end of class, participants
will be able to identify several famous paintings as well as learn some historical, cultural,
and artistic information.The students will learn about the artist’s life and achievements.
The caretakers will have 15 minutes discussions on each painting, looking at details and
personal interpretations.

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LESSON 1

Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci, 1506


Art History The Course Objective: Students of all ages are invite to create their own versions
of numerous great paintings. By end of the Course, participants will be able to identify several
famous paintings as well as learn some historical, cultural, and artistic information.

Fun Facts about the Mona Lisa (10 minutes)


1- The name of the painting, Mona Lisa was the result of a spelling error! The original name
of the painting was Monna Lisa. Monna in Italian is a short form of Madonna, meaning ‘My
Lady’.
2- The identity of the woman in the painting is still a mystery. Some believe that it is the female
form of Leonardo Da Vinci himself. Most popular belief is that the woman was Lisa Gherardi-
ni, who was 24-years-old and a mother of two sons.
3- The painting has an imperfection. In 1956, a man named Ugo Ungaza threw a stone at the
painting. This resulted in a small patch of damaged paint next to her left elbow.
4- The painting is considered priceless and so it cannot be insured. 5- Another interesting fact
about the painting is that the woman in the painting has no eyebrows. It is rumored that it is
because when the authorities were trying to restore the painting, the eyebrows got accidentally
removed. However, some people believe that Leonardo Da Vinci never completed the painting Mona Lisa. Leonardo Da Vinci, 1506. Oil
because he was a consummate perfectionist. on wooden panel, 30 1/4” x 20 1/4”.
6- The painting in the Louvre has a room of its own. It is protected in a climate controlled
environment and encased in bullet proof glass. The room was built exclusively for the painting Leonardo Da Vinci (5 minutes): Equally
and it cost the museum over seven million dollars! accomplished in anatomy, engineering, and
7- Studies have shown that there are three different layers painted before the present version of scientific pursuits, Leonardo completed
the painting. One version has her hands clutching her arm instead of the chair in front of her. a surprisingly small number of paintings
8- The Mona Lisa is in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. It has once been stolen from the during his lifetime.
museum.
Different to a typical surname you might
Discussions with students (15 minutes): think of today, “da Vinci” simply means “of
1- Famous all over the world for her enigmatic smile, some say it is a frown. Ask the students Vinci”, the Tuscan town where he was born.
their opinion whether the Mona Lisa seems happy angry or sad. Sit the students one across
from the other in a group of 2; one person at a time would try to mimic Mona Lisa’s face while He lived during the Renaissance, a cultural
the other person directs him/her. movement that led to important develop-
2- Ask the student to comments on the fashion, hair style etc. ments in areas such as art and science.
3- One of the artistic genius accomplished in this painting is the fact that the eyes will be fac-
ing you no matter where you are standing. Ask the students to concentrate on Mona Lisa’s eyes Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t just an incredible
and move around the room to experience this fact. artist, he was an inventor, scientist, math-
4- Even though photography has not been invented for another 300 years, the image has a lot ematician, engineer, writer, musician and
of photography characteristics (ask students if they can identify some): out of focus back- much more. Talk about talented! His con-
ground, stronger colors in the foreground vs. pastel colors in the background, sharpness in the ceptual drawings included plans for musical
eyes, hair, clothes, etc. instruments, war machines, calculators,
boats and other ideas. Many of these plans
Activity (25 minutes) were limited by the level of technology at
Distribute the B&W outline of the Mona Lisa and ask the students to color it in the same style the time. Flight was of particular interest
as the original. to da Vinci. He studied the flight of birds
and created plans for flying machines that
Wrap Up (5 minutes): resemble hang gliders and helicopters.
Ask the students what was their favorite thing they learned about the painting, the artist, and
anything else.

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ENRICHING

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