Leonardo, Contour Drawing, and the Art of Scientific Perception



to:All Students

Time Oct. 11, 2011

Leonardo da Vinci reminds our science students that, "All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions." 

What a distinct pleasure to begin the year with an in depth study of the Renaissance Man's contribution to the world of science! Did you know that many of the inventions that Leonardo da Vinci envisioned in the 1400s are in use today? Helicopters and parachutes and many other modern day wonders began on one or more of Leonardo's 6000 journal pages.

Leonardo believed that great ideas begin with an observation that leads to curiosity. Observational drawing is a scientific skill and a powerful tool to teach the value of concentrated patient perseverance.

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