Fridays & Sundays, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Our da Vinci Challenge workshops complement the themes and artwork on display Da Vinci: Shaping the Future and provide plenty of opportunities for creativity and experimentation. All workshops are led by our trained docents, last one hour and are designed for adults and children over 5 years old.
The da Vinci challenge: Bridges

Exploring Bridges

Developed in partnership with WondersWork

An exploratory, creative design and building workshop where participants can build like Leonardo and then test their bridge using different weights.
The da Vinci challenge: Flight

Exploring Flight

Developed in partnership with WondersWork

Participants can explore a range of materials to build their own flying machine. Which one will fly the furthest? And can its direction be determined through design additions?
The da Vinci challenge: Projectiles

Exploring Projectiles

Developed in partnership with WondersWork

What makes things move? Participants can experiment with forces through different items provided, culminating in their own, crafted projectile machine. How far can it throw an object, and what design alterations can improve it further?
The da Vinci challenge: Parachutes

Exploring Parachutes

Developed in partnership with WondersWork

How do parachutes work? Does the material and shape make a difference? And is it possible to ‘steer’ a parachute through weights positioned at different points? Participants can experiment with these areas, and create their own parachute to take home.
The da Vinci challenge: Vitruvian Man

Vitruvian Man

Participants can compare themselves or another with Vitruvian Man! Is the length of their outspread arms really equal to their height? Is the length of their hand really one tenth of their height? This hands-on workshop brings mathematics alive, and includes a measurements recording sheet to take home.
The da Vinci challenge: Illustrating Nature

Illustrating Nature

Participants can experiment hands-on with the different ways that da Vinci illustrated nature, through exploring several different print processes of a leaf, and close observational drawing.