Leonardo's Legacy: Painting, Science, and the Life of the Soul

6 Week Introduction

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This method uniquely combines three processes: the traditional Atelier System, as in the old guilds or Renaissance workshops; the results of decades of research, study, professional practice, in the art of painting; and with scientific investigation and experimentation in contemporary neuroscience, with provable, repeatable results.

The life of a painting is in the indeterminate
— Lyn Taylor
Abbey Art Works offers fine art instruction designed by AAW Artist-in-Residence and Artistic Director, Lyn Hill Taylor.

Abbey Art Works offers fine art instruction designed by AAW Artist-in-Residence and Artistic Director, Lyn Hill Taylor.

The teaching program is based on a unique method, "Leonardo's Legacy: Painting, Science, and the Life of the Soul", where Da Vinci's own words, seen through modern science's knowledge of visual perception, has shown that we all have the tools to draw and paint successfully. Students learn the importance of mindful preparation for the learning experience, the nature of the creative model, the path to 'the flow', and how the mind teaches us to paint.

Color theory is explored, and the fascinating history of the Renaissance artist's use of pigments and mixing and using color becomes easy through the introduction of our exclusive AAW Teaching Palettes and the Munsell Color Sphere.

Through assigned projects, students progressively learn to understand the AAW Method in the process of painting.

The result is a teaching program that opens the world of painting to all, that proves its effectiveness with the most recent neuroscience, and shows how the contemplative nature of painting is simply good for the soul.

Lyn Hill Taylor, Instructor