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In March 2019, Pupils from Willows High School took part in a Leonardo-inspired project with National Museum Cardiff, University of South Wales and Cardiff University School of Biosciences.

Pupils started by exploring Anatomy with Dr Shiby Stephens, Clinical Anatomist at Cardiff University. They looked at how medical advances in exploring anatomy were rooted in Leonardo’s accuracy and precision in drawing anatomy.

Pupils were then given the opportunity to visit the Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing exhibition. They looked closely, explored drawing techniques and drew from observations. https://museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/10265/Leonardo-da-Vinci-A-Life-in-Drawing/

Finally the pupils worked closely with Gina Carpenter, Visual Art Tutor at University South Wales, to create their own accurate anatomical drawings. They applied drawing techniques like hatching, making 3D forms, and body proportion. They explored da Vinci inventions, and were introduced to the Game Design process. Pupils then storyboarded their own game design using their Leonardo-inspired anatomy and invention drawings.

Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Ciara Hand

Senior Learning, Participation & Interpretation Officer

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