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The DaVinci Masterclass

    Six-part online course | Professionally recorded | Learn at your own pace | Designed and taught by Oxford Professor Martin Kemp | £149

    The DaVinci Masterclass

    Exploring the Mind & Methods of Leonardo da Vinci.
    Delivered by the world's leading expert on Leonardo.

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    You Will...

    Appreciate the complexity and connectivity of Leonardo's Notebooks 
    Explore how to think visually and observe Nature as a systems thinker
    Learn how to become a relentless lifelong learner
    Be inspired to create and innovate 
    Discover how to apply this thinking to your own learning and work contexts

    Waqās Ahmed

    Author, The Polymath

    "This first-of-its-kind Masterclass is not about Leonardo. It's about YOU. It's designed to train you in the thinking methods of DaVinci, equipping you with the tools to tackle the complex problems of today and innovate in ways you never thought you could."
    "Through this Masterclass, we will see how Leonardo can teach us to look at things in a new way – a way that has never been more urgent as we deal with the consequences of thinking we are masters of nature rather than an integral component of the natural world."

    Professor Martin Kemp (Your Instructor)

    Who was Leonardo da Vinci?

    Leonardo da Vinci is the greatest visual thinker the world has seen. He is also a hugely original verbal thinker. Indeed, the visual and verbal are integrated in a unique way. A page of Leonardo’s drawings and writings looks like no one else’s.
     
    His research into forms and functions in the world embraces anatomy, physiology, geology, the pre-history of the earth, the behaviour of water, botany, zoology, flight, statics and dynamics, geometry, music, optics, and astronomy. On these foundations, he used his creative powers to devise machines (civil, military), design buildings (civil and military), plan canals and bridges, invent flying machines – and along the way make wonderful works of art.
     
    For Leonardo, everything was related to the greater whole within the context of the operations of nature. We will reinstate the fractured unity, seeing how Leonardo can teach us to look at things in a new way – a way that has never been more urgent as we deal with the consequences of thinking we are masters of nature rather than an integral component of the natural world.
    "One of the greatest artists and thinkers of all time"

    New York Times

    "The most relentlessly curious man in all history"

    The Times

    Meet Your Instructor

    Martin Kemp is the world’s leading authority on Leonardo da Vinci. He is Professor Emeritus of the History of Art and Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford.

    Professor Kemp was trained in Natural Sciences and Art History at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute, London. He has held visiting posts in Princeton, New York, North Carolina, Los Angeles, Harvard and Montreal.

    Much of his work has been centred around Leonardo, Renaissance art, and the links between art and science. Indeed, he has written and broadcast extensively on imagery in art and science from the Renaissance to the present day. Leonardo da Vinci has been the subject of a number of books, including Leonardo (Oxford University Press, 2004) and the semi-autobiographical Living with Leonardo (Thames & Hudson, 2018).

    Walter Isaacson

    "Martin Kemp is the greatest Leonardo scholar of our time."

    The Masterclass Curriculum


    1. THE UNITY OF NATURE
    We are an integral part of nature. In fact, Leonardo saw the human body as a “lesser world” in terms of physical structures and dynamics. This session explores Leonardo's breathtaking observations on nature, covering anatomy, physiology, geology, and paintings with landscapes. Leonardo will teach you to have respect for nature; his works demonstrate our helplessness in the face of massive natural cataclysms.

    2. WORKING WITH NATURE
    This lesson illustrates how the engineer learns from Nature. For example, Leonardo showed us just how the engineer must work with natural law to design viable schemes. His designs of instruments for the management of water are particularly compelling. His works also show how warfare leads to the destruction of nature. Finally, Leonardo's work on human flight demonstrates the significance of biomimicry in engineering.

    3. SEEING AND UNCERTAINTY
    Leonardo unveiled that there are things we can know and things we cannot. He emphasises the role of “experience” and experiment in pursuit of knowledge. Yet this lesson explains the move of Leonardo’s early certainties to uncertainty. He adopts the doctrine of “double truth” and "the ineffable", something modern physics is now exploring. Through Leonardo's investigations into optics, we see how he develops the “optics of uncertainty”, which plays into his late paintings.

    4. MATHEMATICS OF EVERYTHING
    This lesson outlines how Leonardo explores the rules of mathematics in nature, including systems of proportion, arithmetic and the rule of numbers. He places a special emphasis on geometry and incommensurable (irrational) proportions. Leonardo's approach shows us how he saw human creations in this mathematical context through knots, bearings, gears and temples. These insights ultimately lead to him "squaring the circle" with the Vitruvian Man.

    5. THE ART OF SCIENCE
    We've come to know the concept of lateral thinking, but through Leonardo, we learn about the value of "lateral seeing". In this lesson, selected works of Leonardo's art are looked at in chronological order, together with their scientific aspects such as vortices, light, music, anatomies, physiognomics, bodily mechanics, the folding of cloth and optics. What emerges are the limits of science (vis-a-vis art) when trying to express the infinite.

    6. LESSONS FROM LEONARDO
    Leonardo's refusal to compartmentalise knowledge stands in sharp contrast to our systems of learning, which constrain our ability to relate the parts to the whole in creative syntheses. Leonardo sees knowledge as a branching tree, and each tree is part of the whole wood. We see neither the trees nor the wood – only twigs. Leonardo's thinking methods might just allow us to make more sense of the complexities of our 21st-century world.

    What You Will Receive

    • Professionally produced, exclusive lesson content accessible anywhere, anytime  
    • 6 x 40-minute lessons, each broken down into 10-15 minute powerful chunks (approx)
    • Specially crafted e-handbook, with supplementary content and carefully selected resources
    • Practical assignments designed to get you thinking like Leonardo
    • Bonus content: Martin Kemp recounts his most special memories of "living with Leonardo" for 50 years 
    • Invitation to biannual virtual Graduation with live Q&As with Martin Kemp and Waqās Ahmed

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.

    How do I know this course is for me?

    If any of these apply to you, then this course is definitely for you:
    1) I am endlessly curious and constantly seeking to develop my skills and knowledge. 
    2) I am fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci, the greatest visual thinker ever known.
    3) I am interested in how I can apply Leonardo's thinking methods to my own context so that I can innovate and grow in my learning and my professional life. 

    What are the learning outcomes?

    You will:

    • Appreciate the complexity and connectivity of Leonardo's Notebooks.
    • Explore how to think visually and observe Nature as a systems thinker
    • Learn how to become a relentless lifelong learner.
    • Be inspired to create and innovate 
    • Discover how to apply this thinking to your own learning and work contexts.

    Is there a date to complete the programme by?

    Not at all - the lessons and exercises are all self-paced. 

    We've taken all the actions possible on our end to make sure the lessons are as engaging as possible, so in theory you could fly through them in one sitting!  However, we'd recommend that you give yourself time to absorb the wisdom in each sizeable chunk. 

    Can I rewatch and redo the programme?

    Leonardo da Vinci is a global phenomenon with endless wonders. The more you study him, his works and his methods, the more you'll find. Academics and enthusiasts have spent their lives exploring him. So we're sure you're going to want to  watch the content many times over - and you're welcome to as much as you like for a year from your enrolment date. 

    What if I'm unhappy with the product?

    If you're feeling this way we're really sorry to hear that! Please email us on director@davinci-network.com and we'll do our best to resolve your concerns.

    Who are the creators of the DaVinci Masterclass?

    This course is part of a growing movement dedicated to promoting polymathic, interdisciplinary approaches to lifestyle, learning and work pioneered by the DaVinci Network. You can learn more about the DaVinci Network at www.davinci-network.com. 

    The DaVinci Masterclass

    Exploring the Mind & Methods of Leonardo da Vinci
    Delivered by the world's leading expert on Leonardo
    CONTENT RELEASE FROM 5th SEPTEMBER 2022

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