PRESCHOOL ART: Vitruvian Man


Artist, mathematician, Inventor and writer, Leonardo da Vinci did it all.  Known for painting the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper as well as his flying machine and drawing of the Vitruvian Man he is considered to be one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.  And to think he was born 1452, that’s 565 years ago!  Let’s celebrate his birthday by doing an art activity.


  • black tea bag
  • kettle
  • water
  • cup
  • paper – we used kraft paper and regular printer paper
  • paintbrush
  • oven
  • oven trays
  • iron
  • ruler
  • bowl
  • pencil
  • white china marker
  • black oil pastel

davinci Tea

Prepare the paper

  1. I printed from a regular printer a few paragraphs from Wikipedia in regards to Leonardo da Vinci on three different sheets, as we can’t just do one sheet!
  2. Boil some water and let the teabag steep for a minute then add cold water.
  3. I found by scrunching up the paper before adding the teabag added some more character.
  4. Use the teabag or a paintbrush to stain the sheets of paper.
  5. The paper could be scrunched up again then loosely placed on the baking trays.
  6. Preheat the oven at 360 degrees celsius and place the sheets in for about 10 mins.
  7. The sheets curl up as they dry, so once out of the oven iron them as flat as you can.




  1. We used a bowl to trace around and create our circle.  You could use a pencil or a black oil pastel.
  2. Use a ruler and draw a square inside the circle.
  3. Draw a man or woman with the arms stretched out and touching the square.
  4. Draw another man or woman with slightly different arm and leg positions.
  5. Colour in using the white china marker.

For more info, watch the video below.

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