The Mona Lisa has never looked so good! New School Montessori preprimary students created their own version of the iconic masterpiece and learned about her famous painter, Leonardo da Vinci. Preprimary art teacher, Ryonen Ignatius, introduced the children to the da Vinci, explaining his interest in helping young children to become artists and his diligence in keeping his notebook at the ready for sketching and jotting down ideas. The students loved da Vinci’s backwards writing style that could only easily be read using a mirror. Whether da Vinci wrote backwards to protect his ideas from being copied or to keep his hand from sliding across wet ink (as a left hander), his work continues to intrigue and inspire all.