# Project Based Homeschooling: Mona Lisa Picture Study

## Becoming Leonardo

L decided to journal as she did her research and called her journal ‘Becoming Leonardo’.   Her goal was to really to try to get into his head and try to understand what it was that made him tick.  This was her own idea and her own journal, and whilst she shared with me what she was discovering and was happy to have me browse through it, the journal was not something I marked or made her do corrections in:

## Recreating the lady who posed

I really enjoyed this part of her study.  She dragged her sister in to help her with attempting to recreate the Mona Lisa.  Much thought was put into her clothes and hair dressing, as well as to her slightly melancholy look.  My usually effervescent daughter appeared quite demure!   I just love how C11 turned out:

Then we played about with the above photos in Ribbet, to create different effects.  I particularly like the aged one.  This was just a bit of fun but I think taught L11 to see the shades and different depths of colour and she learnt a new skill to boot!

## Sketching Using the Principles of the Golden Ratio

Again, in our group study we had learnt a bit about the Golden Ratio, in particular how Da Vinci used it in the proportioning of the Mona Lisa:

After many practice drawings, she drew the Mona Lisa outline lightly onto the canvas she would be using to recreate the oil painting:

## Recreating the Mona Lisa in Oils

Her final piece was to try her hand at painting the Mona Lisa, using oil paints.  She’s not a huge fan of oil paints, but I think she did a great job:

She decided to leave out the back ground altogether, so went over any smudges with white oil paint to tidy it up a bit.  And here is the final piece:

After she had completed all her projects she typed up all she had learnt for a presentation.   Once completed she had finished her study.  Another successful foray into project based learning for L11.  Well done, Sweetheart!

1. Gosh, her Mona Lisa painting is wonderful!

2. I agree with Hwee, it’s a great painting. And I really like the angle she chose to take on her project; thinking about what someone must have been feeling when they did their great work is such a good way to remember them.

1. Thanks May. She really did seem to enjoy the whole project and PBL fits her like a glove!

3. Wow! If my children see her artist-like-picture, I have to look for my oil paints…
Have a nice day!

4. Olga says:

Wow. Your kids have wonderful ideas. In my teens I also was fascinated with Leonardo da Vinci, mainly thanks to the book “the romance of Leonardo da Vinci” by D. Merezhkovskiy.

1. He definitely is one of our favourite characters we have studied so far. I’ve not read that book, I might have to pop to the library to see if they have it!

5. almostunschoolers says:

I love how she threw herself completely into the project – and with such wonderful results!

Thanks for the award, too. It will be a while yet before I’m back to myself enough to get around to even glancing at what it’s all about – but still, thanks 🙂

1. Thank you and my pleasure! I hope all is going well for you after the move?

6. That was quite an endeavor and she did splendidly. The oil painting is lovely too. I still love how your children help each other with projects and are so sweet to each other. Thanks for sharing all of L’s hard work.

1. It is probably the thing I like best about home schooling. The relationships the children are building with each other are priceless.

7. L’s painting is beautiful! She looks so happy. Please tell her for me. C made a lovely model. Your girls are precious. This looks like another successful project!
Have a wonderful day, Claire.:)

1. Hello! I missed you! I hope you had a lovely rest time. Are you back to normal school yet?
Yes, this was another successful PBL from L. She really does seem to thrive learning this way!

8. Oops my comment didn’t get through.

I like the comparison you did using the different techniques on the computer, that’d be a fun study in and of itself.

I’m pretty impressed with your kids’ skills with oil painting, I’m not so good with oil paintings myself.

1. I really enjoyed the photo work she did. I can see that creeping into studies further down the road.

9. Jennifer says:

Love this! What a great project.

10. I’ve missed so many posts! Her painting is absolutely beautiful – she is quite talented!

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