The 2nd grade students learned about the artist Leonardo DaVinci through the book Leonardo’s Horse. Leonardo DaVinci was born in Italy and studied art over 500 years ago. He was an excellent artist but he also was an inventor, musician, philosopher, astronomer and a mathematician. He loved to draw and paint. He had to mix his own paint with things from nature, such as berries and mud. He wrote backwards because he did not want anyone to steal his ideas. Leonardo DaVinci loved nature and animals, especially horses. He was suppose to create a giant horse for the Duke of Italy but it was ruined in a battle and he never was able to complete it.