da Vinci Project

The da Vinci Project, unique to Barcroft, is a school-wide, staff-written curriculum designed using the principles of Understanding by Design.   At each grade level, essential questions and enduring understandings provide the framework of the unit.


The six-eight week units are interdisciplinary and address Virginia Standards of Learning.

The units are delivered by classroom teachers and specialists. They include all-school enrichment in studio art and writing facilitated by the art teacher and a writing specialist. Each grade-level unit culminates with a da Vinci fair, where students display and demonstrate their learning with a variety of products.

Barcroft School’s exemplary project is named after Leonardo da Vinci because of his habits of mind: curiosity about the world, creativity, plus his interest and skill in the arts, science, history, and literature. No couch potato was he!

Ginevra de' Benci
Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci

Exploring Leonardo da Vinci

Ginevra de’ Benci, Leonardo da Vinci, ca. 1474
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC