Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

Today we celebrate the birthday of a very famous artist: Leonardo da Vinci!

Da Vinci is one of the world's most renowned painters, sculptors, inventors, philosophers, architects and brilliant thinkers and was born near Florence, Italy in 1452.

One of his most famous works is his painting of the Mona Lisa currently on display at the Louvre in Paris, France. Da Vinci was not only an artist, but a very talented inventor! He was a man ahead of his time as he pondered early concepts of mathematics, flight, robotics and engineering.

To honor Da Vinci's life, kids are invited into the Program Room today to our Inventions Studio filled with KNEX and blocks, which encourage experimentation in building, design and play. They will also have the opportunity to participate in our Mona Lisa Smile Expressions activity.

We will look at and talk about the ambiguous Mona Lisa Smile, then use expression stamps to explore a variety of facial expressions. This will allow of visitors to practice interpretation of feelings or emotions in art.

Today we celebrate Leonardo da Vinci as a man who was willing to imagine, experiment and most importantly, play!

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