Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I Didn't Know Art History Would Look Like This

Every school year, I never quite get around to Art, and I always promise myself that we will spend time in the summer doing it.

And this summer, for the first time in five years, we actually did.

We painted upside down to understand what it must have been like for Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

 (And we often wondered why Michelangelo didn't put some clothes on the people he painted....)

Grace also wanted to try painting without her hands to better understand the work of disabled artists, such as Joni Eareckson Tada.

And then there was da Vinci.

And we discovered that you can't very well study Leonardo da Vinci without learning about some of his inventions (and maybe trying them out for yourself).  

Da Vinci had an incredibly curious mind and his goal was to make detailed drawings and notes of every single thing in nature.  His study of creation and how it worked gave him all kinds of ideas for  inventions.

Many modern inventions, such as the helicopter, the parachute, the snorkel, and the bicycle can be seen sketched out in da Vinci's journals. 

And fourteen years ago, this man 

was inspired to try out one of da Vinci's ideas and designed some special shoes that allowed him to walk on water. 

 He walked 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Some people have a lot of time on their hands. 

Anyway, we had a little time on our hands ourselves this summer, so we decided to give it a try too.

We headed off to Lowe's to get us some styrofoam blue board. 

"Whatcha want it for?" The man at Lowe's questioned us as if women and children don't come in every day looking for large insulation products. 

For a brief moment, I imagined myself saying, "Oh, we're going to go home and walk on water." 

I decided instead to go with, "It's kind of a science project."

That seemed to satisfy him and he pointed us in the right direction.  

We all came home full of excitement and ready to walk on water. 

About an hour and 312 pieces of duct tape later, we were ready to go. 

Art teachers must have all the fun.


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