Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci’s birthday (April 15) is a great time to remember the scientific discoveries and artistic creations that shaped the genius’ life and influenced our world today. He is considered the archetype of the ‘Renaissance Man’ and these hand-picked resources will help you introduce some aspects of his work and life to students.
Leonardo the man
A short PowerPoint from moragmckimmon to introduce the artist before asking pupils to recreate Leonardo’s self-portrait.
Da Vinci addresses students, telling them what inspired his obsession with detail in this BBCClassClips video.
Contextualise the Renaissance Man’s work with those who came before and after him with this fantastic journey from the dawn of science to the modern day.
A measuring investigation from cerhartnell to get the learner’s thinking – and studying Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
What was the Renaissance? Why did it spark in Italy? Find out in this colourful introduction.
Can students profile key Renaissance players without using the phrases that made them famous?
Understand Leonardo’s place in the development of modern society.
Copy Da Vinci’s realistic style in this creative lesson.
Compare artistic annunciations including Da Vinci’s.
Da Vinci was famous for his mirror writing, get students reflecting letters to unscramble these words.
Test students’ knowledge of their muscles and joints with this interactive whiteboard lesson.
Are students’ faces bigger than their hands? Was Da Vinci accurate in his anatomy? Investigate as a class.
Da Vinci is considered to have invented the first robot. Mould robotic designers of the future with this D&T lesson.
Inspire pupils to design their own flying machine with this animated trip from balloons to jets.
Teach students about structure and make the bridge makers of today.
A timeline covering Leonardo Da Vinci’s life and achievements. Ideal for use as a part of a larger classroom display.
A narrated video guide to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Virgin on the Rocks.
Gain an insight into how Da Vinci worked by studying his notebooks, made available by TES partner Project Gutenberg.
These flashcards can form the foundation of an assembly to celebrate the life and works of the Renaissance man.
The works of Da Vinci inspired Dan Brown’s controversial novel. Provoke debate and discussion about the way religion is presented in The Da Vinci Code.