The Da Vinci Initiative
The Da Vinci Initiative (DVI), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education foundation. DVI's mission is to enhance visual literacy in our contemporary world. With a focus on K-12 art education, DVI works to provide skill-based learning in art classrooms in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us.
DVI believes that art can be taught, and that teaching skills enhances student creativity. Teaching atelier skills in K-12 classrooms not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work.
Like teaching rhythm, tempo, and scales in music class so that a student has many tools to express themselves through music, so too is there a need for a skill-based education in the visual arts. By learning solid draftsmanship, color theory, paint handling skills, perspective, etc. students can expand their own toolbox for visual expression.