Leonardo da Vinci: Art & Engineering Workshops

This year marks the 500th Anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci and over the next few months the children will be learning about his life and achievements in Art, Science and Engineering during the Italian Renaissance.

More importantly we will celebrate his curiosity, creativity and individuality, his love of nature and his desire to find novel ways to solve problems…all character traits we aspire to here in Carysfort!

To get us started, Ms. Kennelly has arranged Art Workshops with Michael Cleary for all classes next week and an Elementary Engineering Workshop for children from 2nd to 6th class exploring kinetic energy and building roller-coasters…

One of our very creative parents, Carol Crimmins has kindly agreed to speak to senior classes about the art of Book Illustration and we would be delighted if any other parents would like to share their talents with us in the coming months!

In the meantime it would be great if you could link in with the programme at home.

Leonardo was: vegetarian, an animal-lover and observer, a passionate bird-watcher, an inventor of machines, a mathematician, interested in human anatomy…. He didn’t always finish things he started and he made mistakes too so he is relatable in so many ways.

There are some fantastic websites to browse with your children e.g. https://www.ducksters.com/biography/leonardo_da_vinci.php, https://kids.kiddle.co/Leonardo_da_Vinci, www.coolkidfacts.com; and of course YouTube. Check out The Top 7 Leonardo da Vinci Inventions there.

I want to thank the Parents’ Association for providing the funding to cover the costs of the art and engineering workshops as we look forward to an inspiring term ahead!

Kind regards,

Norma Linehan


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