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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Welcome to the Renaissance!

So, what are y'all doing in school these days
besides reviewing stuff for TOS, you ask?
Actually, we just started learning about the Renaissance.
The first week was pretty cool.

We built a model of the Cathedral in Florence
and learned how the dome was built.

We also learned about some of the amazing things Leonardo da Vinci created,
including his art, his designs for "war machines" and his other inventions.
David got to build a working model of Leonardo's "flying machine" which
was based on his careful observations of birds in flight.

Of course, Leonardo didn't know about air foils, lift and drag,
so it never would have gotten off the ground...
but it's pretty cool all the same.

Did you know that Renaissance artists were the first to use
One-Point Perspective in their paintings?
Here is David's drawing of a room
using One-Point Perspective:

He says it's an FBI base in the Swiss Alps.
(notice the mountains in the windows!)

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