We’re studying Leonardo da Vinci in history these next few weeks. Here is one of our texts for Tapestry of Grace Year 2. It’s a biography and it has activities for us to do too! We’re enjoying reading it together. It is very helpful for Katie, a kinesthetic learner to understand Leonardo with a book like this! Tori is a visual learner and loves doing activities too. It helps her remember what we’ve read when she sees her projects completed. Katie has no trouble with narration, but this helps Tori, who stumbles over narration exercises.
We chose to draw a scrub jay since they are prolific in our yard and quite pretty and blue. We looked him up on The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. Perfect picture to copy!
This was a new and messy project! We kept paper towels handy.
The girls were tickled to learn a new word: scumble. It means to rub the chalk and smear it to make it look softer.
Very pleased with herself! Tori is our perfectionist and this gave her a boost of confidence!
I like the outline in black. Obviously, I need to acquire more pastels if we’re sharing.
My attempt at drawing. I will tell you: I need to do this more often with my girls. It was a bonding experience. It was so relaxing and meditative to sit there and draw. I loved doing this with the girls.
Next time, I will encourage Liz and Alex to join us. I really need to get more pastels then!
We love the pastel art lessons here.