Renaissance Reinvented – SCOPES-DF

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K-12 teacher
My name is Michelle Bettis and I currently serve as Instructional Coach for two district high schools.  I consider being the mother of three amazing children, Andrew (19), Blake (11) and Lila (10) to be my greatest accomplishment. My children… Read More


In pairs, students will be given a copy of one of the 30 equal parts of the Mona Lisa.  Each  pair will be responsible for reporducing their specific square using any art/machine medium they choose.  At the completion of the project, the class will unite their 30 scaled pieces to  form a new Mona Lisa.  Students will mathematically use raios to determine the size of all the parts of their specific "piece" of the portrait.
Students will design their piece in a VW elab using digital fabrication tools and any material they select.  Students will be allowed to use CNC Shopbot, Laser Cutter, 3D printer, vinyl cutter, and a sublimation printer.  Students will have a variety of materials to use including   but not limited to paper, cardboard, cardstock, filament, wood, acrylic, luan, hardboard, and more.


What You'll Need

In addition to 21st century digital fabrication tools:


Mona Lisa Portrait

Rulers, measuring tape

Chromebooks with access to Google Tour Builder





Wood, various types


Hobby wood

3D Printing filament

Digital Fabrication tools

Glue guns

Sublimation printer, ink, paper


The Instructions

Introducation to Renaissance Reinvented

After hearing the story of Jackie Kennedy bringing the Mona Lisa to visit the United States, students can digitally create the tour of the portrait. Using Google Tour Builder, students can create the path of the Mona Lisa followed from the Louve to the tour she took in the United States.

Google Tour Builder can be used to share student personal trips both past and future planned vacations. The program was originally designed to allow the military to share the path of their tours with their families.

The Golden Ratio Lesson

Following students exploration of the Golden Ratio lesson practice, students will be given a portion of the painitng to "recreate" using any machine or matierial.

The students must use ratios and proportions to determine exact measurements in order to “scale up” the size of their portion of the Mona Lisa.

Uniting Pieces of Art

Students will unite their reinvented pieces of the Mona Lisa. If scaled to proportion, the students will have created a modern, multi-medium, and meaningful designed replica of the Mona Lisa.

Student prototypes will need to be tested and checked to determine if they have used the precise measurements


  • (7.RP.A1): Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas and other quantities measured in like or different units. For example, if a person walks 1/2 mile in each 1/4 hour, compute the unit rate as the complex fraction 1/2/1/4 miles per hour, equivalently 2 miles per hour.

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