Who is she and why is she smiling? Delve into this art question as students paint their interpretation of the Mona Lisa.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is one of the most well know paintings in the world. It has also been the source of many interpretations as to who is in the portrait and what the mysterious smile on her face represents. The painting has been stolen and recovered, admired and debated. Encourage a discussion with the class. What are their interpretations of this art icon? Think of serious or whimsical; classical or modern responses. Be creative.
Ask each student to come up with their own reason for the famous smile. What happened before the portrait? Where was she headed after it was complete?
Use a colored pencil to sketch the Mona Lisa on a piece of construction paper. Add props in her hands and add details in the background to help illustrate why the mysterious smile is there.
Paint the portrait with Crayola® Washable Kid’s Paints. Use a variety of techniques to create the masterpiece. Vary the painted lines width by pressing down harder during the middle of a brush stroke to create a "thick and thin" effect. Try a hard-edge style of painting by using a flat watercolor brush loaded with paint to create even strokes and to build up an even bead (thick edge) around the color. To keep colors from blending, allow an area to dry before applying wet paint to adjacent areas.
Send a postcard from space to show what you know about the other planets.
Study voting rights then create a "Wanted" poster focusing on a famous suffragist.
Honor women who helped to shape our world. Create a place for great leaders at history’s table.
Challenge yourself and your classmates to come up with new words based on vocabulary or spelling words! This brainstormi
Words count! Discover the power of words in poetry such as Maya Angelou’s Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. Then create a change
Build vocabulary by playing with a word and its synonyms. This fun chalk game can expand your knowledge, one word at a
Think about careers! Picture where and how you'd like to work and whom you'd like to work with.
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