Meeting the Master Artists: Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study Resources

Are you looking for Leonardo da Vinci unit study ideas to use in your homeschool? Today I’m sharing my favorite resources for studying the original Renaissance Man himself.

Meeting the Master Artists: Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study Resources

(Post contains affiliate links; see disclosure for details.)

Da Vinci has been a longtime source of inspiration for scientists, artists, and historians alike. He’s been a frequent topic of conversation in our homeschool, too. Over the years, we’ve explored da Vinci and his work through artist studies, physical science lessons, and more recently through The Mystery of History.

In addition to those areas, my son and I worked through a da Vinci unit study a few years ago. He was fascinated by da Vinci then and continues to be. In fact, our Renaissance focus in The Mystery of History sparked even more interest in da Vinci and we picked up where we left off a few years ago.

All that’s to say that I’ve come across some great da Vinci unit study resources for students of all ages:

Leonardo da Vinci
Unit Study Resources

Our primary da Vinci resource this time around is Mixing with the Masters Volume I. This is a mixed media workshop that includes a biographical video overview of da Vinci’s life, a study guide, and da Vinci-inspired mixed media art lessons from Masterpiece Society.

I can’t believe I deleted all of the photos of my kids working through these lessons, but it is what it is. 😉 The important thing for you to know is that the lessons help students appreciate da Vinci’s giftedness as an artist while giving them a chance to experiment with some of his methods.

I found this to be especially nice because it’s been hard to find da Vinci-like art ideas that aren’t overwhelming and intimidating for kids.

Meeting the Master Artists: Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study Resources

You can learn more about these da Vinci lessons and the entire Mixing with the Masters workshop by visiting Masterpiece Society. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page if you’re interested in purchasing the da Vinci lessons only; that option is located near the bottom of the page.

Also worth noting, the da Vinci art appreciation unit from Masterpiece Society is a great resource. We used it along with Mixing with the Masters when we revisted da Vinci through artist study recently.

Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study:
What to Read

There’s no shortage of fantastic books to read with for a da Vinci unit study. Here are a few of my favorites.

Looking for some different da Vinci reading material? You can find the rest of my favorite da Vinici books here. You’ll also want to check out some of the great information available online and through digital resources. Let’s take a look at a few good options:

Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study:
What to Watch

Between Amazon Prime and YouTube, there are some great video options to use with your da Vinci unit study. Leonardo da Vinci: His Life in Three Minutes is a great choice for younger kids and even middle schoolers.  You can find it and several other kid-friendly videos on my da Vinci Unit Study playlist.

Meeting the Master Artists: Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study Resources

Middle schoolers and teens may prefer Prime Video’s documentaries on da Vinci, but keep in mind that they’re true documentary style, longer in length, and examine aspects of his life and work that may not be a good fit for all viewers.

Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study:
Digging Deeper

Studying Leonardo da Vinci doesn’t have to end with books and videos. Here are some ideas for digging deeper through extension activities. Some are better suited for younger kids, some for older students, and some are better for the kids in between, but they would all make a great addition to your da Vinci unit study.

Meeting the Master Artists: Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study Resources

I usually find more art ideas than we’ll ever have time to try when we study the master artists, but Leonardo da Vinci is another story.

As I mentioned earlier, that’s why the Mixing with the Masters workshop has been great for us. It allowed us to get hands-on while studying an artist who was incredibly precise and complex, and those aren’t typically words you look for when searching for art projects for kids.

Beyond Mixing with the Masters, here are a couple of da Vinci-inspired art ideas to try.

  • Da Vinci’s Open Window – This project is more challenging than you might think. You can read through the instructions to get an idea of what to expect, but I recommend it for middle and high school students. I tried it with elementary-age kids and most were a bit intimidated by it.
  • Leonardo da Vinci projects for kids – There are some great da Vinci-inspired art ideas for kids in this post from Happy Homeschool Nest. (Pin it for later)

Have you studied Leonardo da Vinci with your kids before? If so, share your favorite resources in the comments below:

Share It!