This 1-hour talk will introduce you to The Da Vinci Initiative, a thriving non-profit organization making waves in the art education world. The Da Vinci Initiative’s mission is to provide skill-based learning in K-12 art classrooms around the United States. Debunking the myth that art is merely a “talent,” the Da Vinci Initiative strives to implement technical art methods into schools’ curricula. Through solid draftsmanship, color theory, paint handling skills, perspective, etc., students can expand their own toolbox for visual expression. Come learn how The Da Vinci Initiative is influencing art education and be amazed by the results when children are taught technical art skills in the classroom – you’ll be inspired!