From preschool to Grade 8 teachers of the Leonardo Da Vinci Academy employ “Seven Da Vincian Principles” to help students explore and cultivate their own creativity and intelligence.  By using strategies inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci children are encouraged to develop their full potential. Along with a heightened appreciation of the world, areas of development that are promoted include: problem solving, creative thinking, self-expression, and the balancing of body and mind.

In his book How To Think Like Leonardo, renowned author Michael J. Gelb lays the framework for following Leonardo’s example. In his book Gelb describes Seven Da Vincian Principles as a foundation for lifelong learning. These were adapted by our school as a framework for living and learning. and serve as guiding principles for teaches, students and parents.


Seven Da Vincian Principles for lifelong learning:

1. Curiosità
An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.


2. Dimostrazione
A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.


3. Sensazione
The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.


4. Sfumato
(“Going up in Smoke”)A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.


5. Arte/Scienza
The development of the balance between art, logic, and imagination. (“Whole-brain” thinking.)


6. Corporalità
The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. Promoting body awareness.


7. Connessione
A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. (“Systems thinking”.)