My family were keen to do another Leonardo-inspired art activity after last week’s enjoyable Leonardo Pastel Portrait lesson ~
Leonardo da Vinci Baby Sketches
I tailor-made this lesson according to each one’s requests … printing out the specific size and copies of Leonardo’s baby sketches ~ here are your free copies ~ Leonardo da Vinci baby sketches
(Please note ~ approach this lesson with sensitivity – some children may find the idea that Leonardo da Vinci’s sketched and made notes of these baby sketches from cadavers rather disturbing.)
- We looked at some examples of Leonardo’s baby sketchbook examples in our art book and online.
- I used theses images and created black & white images using MS Word.
- I enlarged specific sketches to print out for each artist.
- We used a large A3-sized page for the collage, but normal printer-sized pages for the printouts.
- We tore away the white edges around the large sketches and glued them collage-style with the rest of Leonardo’s special mirror-image handwritten notes as the background.
- Then we shaded over the entire page with yellows and oranges and browns and blended it in. The torn edges ‘absorbed’ more pastel, making them darker.
- Focusing just on one baby or the larger sketches we used our pastels to shade and highlight the baby’s contours.
- Without working it too much, we were finished fairly quickly.
- A spray of fixative and we were done!
- A easy lesson with satisfying results!
Here are some comments my kids made as we were clearing the table ~
“I like these sketches. They don’t have to be finished, so there is no pressure to do the entire page.”
“I love the pastels. They work to cover a large area quickly and they can mix and blend to make smooth shading.”
“I love to put more pastel over the mistakes. It is completely hidden, so I am not afraid if it doesn’t look right. I can keep trying until it works out.”
For me, my older children joining me is an answer to prayer. For almost 2 years, they have declined to do most our art lessons. Maybe I should have tried chalk pastels long ago?
And yet, this week my youngest declined … she didn’t really enjoy last week’s lesson and felt rather insecure. No pressure. I’m sure we’ll find something she will be happy to join us next week!