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Activities full of historical facts, insights and fun learning opportunities

Science and Art with Leonardo da Vinci

Extract from 'The bones, muscles and tendons of the hand' RCIN 919009 ©

Leonardo da Vinci school resources ©

From anatomical drawings to botanical illustrations, maps to mechanical engineering plans, pictographs to artistic sketches and so much more, Leonardo’s drawings give us a glimpse into his endlessly enquiring mind. His fascination with the world around him is what continues to inspire us 500 years after his death.

This page pulls together a variety of inspiring learning resources linked to the collection of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings held in the Royal Collection.

As part of the 500 year anniversary of his death in 2019 a school resource pack, developed through consultation with Primary and Secondary teachers, contains a range of activities, useful information and suggestions, working across diverse subjects to enable you to use Leonardo’s ideas. All associated activity sheets, downloadable resources and films are available via this ‘School Resource’ section.

In addition, a number of linked interactive games about his drawings and ideas are available via the links at the bottom of the page.

Explore this short film to discover the materials that Leonardo da Vinci used to produce his magnificent drawings.

Materials Leonardo used to create his drawings ©

Teacher Notes

Teacher notes and suggested activities – Creative Writing