Leonardo da Vinci events and activities

To mark this major exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, Southampton City Art Gallery will also be showing two complementary exhibitions that celebrate drawing.

Alongside this, there will also be an engaging programme of learning activities and events to celebrate the genius of Leonardo. Why not try our Leonardo da Vinci trail in the gallery.


Adult activities:

Invention and Creativity: Philosophy and Leonardo da Vinci

Saturdays: 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar / 2-3pm / FREE / Drop-in

A series of accessible talks by the University of Southampton Philosophy Department. Inspired by the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition we will explore invention and creativity. Some seats, plenty of standing room. First come first served.

Leonardo: A Life in Drawing

Fri 1 Mar / 1.30-2.30pm / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / FREE / Pre-book

Join Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection Trust to learn more about Leonardo’s life and work.

Southern Voices Choir present Music from the time of Leonardo

Sat 16 Mar / 7.45pm (doors open 7.30pm) / £16 / Pre-book

Sublime choral music from the time of Leonardo and a modern work about Leonardo’s dreams for a flying machine.

Leonardo: Inspiring the transformation of a city

Fri 5 April  / 1.30-2.30pm / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / FREE / Pre-book

An interesting, interdisciplinary talk by Dr Alan Wong of the University of Southampton, discussing why street art and culture can help to transform cities like Southampton, and sharing similar themes with Leonardo’s ‘Arno canal bypass’ drawing, where inspirational designs do not necessarily mean they are always brought to fruition


Kids and family activities:

Drop-in Drawing Machines (Kids of all ages)

Mon 18 Feb / 10.30am-12.30pm / £4 / Drop-in

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings – make your own drawing machine to take home!

Art School: Sculpt like Leonardo da Vinci (7-16yrs)

Tues 19 Feb / 10.30am-3.30pm / £20 / Pre-book

Have fun recreating some of your favourite Leonardo da Vinci drawings and inventions into sculpture using wire, clay and recycled materials.

Art School: Leonardo da Vinci Drawing Day Part I (7-16yrs)

Tues 9 April / 10.30am-3.30pm / £20 (£16 if also booking for 16 April) / Pre-book

Join artist Charlie James to develop your drawing skills. Sketch human figures and faces in a range of materials used by Leonardo and work up a watercolour painting to take home.

Art School: Leonardo da Vinci Drawing Day Part II (7-16yrs)

Tues 16 April / 10.30am-3.30pm / £20 (£16 if also booking for 9 April) Pre-book

Learn how to sketch mechanical objects before using your sketches to design and draw your very own invention. Be warned, your imagination may indeed take flight…with Charlie James

Leonardo da Vinci Day – Living History!

Sat 4 May / 11am-3pm / FREE drop-in

Your last chance to see Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches on display at the gallery. Meet Leonardo’s Engineers and marvel at a life-size replica of his flying machine. Science and engineering meet art and technology at this day of inventive celebrations of Leonardo’s inventions!

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