Someone once asked me, "if you could have dinner with any person (dead or alive) from history, who would you chose?" Hmmm, that is a tough one. There are so many people that I would loved to have known, but Da Vinci was one of the people on my list! Thank you all for listening to my lecture today on Da Vinci. I know that it was longer than I usually talk! You were all so attentive and enthusiastic, that made me feel good.
Life opens up when you receive wisdom and knowledge. Your world becomes larger. I want to widen your world view. Art is a great way of seeing the world....art defines culture, culture defines art. If art is a vehicle for expression then as we study art we can see what that society was focused on at that time. We ask ourselves, "what has come out of that society; what did they express?" We discovered that today in class when we looked at 'what came out of the Renaissance' period; a 'rebirth' and enlightenment of the arts, literature, philosophy, music, politics, science, religion, and other aspects of intellectual inquiry. Now we know (that's my new favorite phrase...now we know)!
Tonight I feel like reading a book, instead of painting. I'm not in the mood to paint, so I am going to read the book that you see in the photo. There is a chapter on Da Vinci so if I discover anything new, I will teach what I learn tonight to you tomorrow while you are drawing. I can't wait to see what all of you come up with tomorrow in class when you begin your 'funny Mona Lisa". It was fun laughing with you today when we looked at the funny Mona Lisa's on the internet. Good night tigers! Ms. B.