Recreate Famous Art: A Homemade Masterpiece
Hi Coopertown students! Hope you are all doing well! Even though schools and art museums are closed right now, we can still have fun learning about and engaging with art. This lesson can be done on your own or can be a group project that you create with your siblings, parents and even your pets or stuffed animals! The most important part of this lesson is to be creative and HAVE FUN!
Learning Objective: Students will recreate a famous work of art using just yourself, your loved ones, pets and/or objects from around your home.
American Gothic, Grant Wood, 1930
Below are some guidelines for recreating your art masterpiece using three easy steps.
1. Choose your work of art
The only tools you need for this activity are your imagination and a picture of a work of art you like or find interesting.
Many museums have great online collections with images available to download and use for free:
And of course, you could try a Google Image search for “painting [keyword],” “sculpture [keyword],” or whatever else you like.
2. Pose 3 Objects, Pets, or People
Now that you’ve found your inspiration, pick the objects you’d like to use. Any objects are fine: from a blank piece of paper to your fanciest hat. You can stick to 3 and see what you come up with, but you’re welcome to use as many as you like.
Get your dogs, cats, and bunnies involved.
Dogs Playing Poker, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, 1903
You can also try using your stuffed animals to recreate a scene from a painting.
Tiger in a Tropical Storm, Henri Rousseau, 1891
Make a face or strike a pose.
The Scream, Edvard Munch, 1893
If you’re interested in re-creating a portrait or group scene, pay attention to the colors and/or facial expressions.
Stacked Figures, Keith Haring, 1994
Think abstractly. If you’re having trouble re-creating an artwork’s appearance, try focusing on just the colors and shapes used in that work of art.
Sower at Sunset, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888
Recreate a still life painting with objects found around the house.
Still Life with Fruit Dish, Paul Cezanne, 1879-80
3. Photograph Your Masterpiece!
Use a smartphone camera or a digital camera to take a photo (if you’re posing, have a member of the household do it for you, if you're photographing yourself, use the front-facing camera on your smartphone, or the camera on your computer). You may want to take several photos and pick the best one. Also don't forget to send me a picture of the original work of art too.
If you would like to unite the two photos into a single image, you can use a phone app like PicCollage.
Email me your pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have extra time you may want to check out some of the interactive art galleries / websites listed below:
Tate Kids: Virtual Online Art Museum: art activities, art games, explore artists, and art gallery https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
Met Kids: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Explore the museum, hop in a time machine, and watch videos about famous artists https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
MOMA Destination Modern Art: Intergalactic journey to the Modern Art and Contemporary Art Museum in New York https://www.moma.org
Country Dog GentlemanTravel to Extraordinary Worlds: Video Series on adventures to learn about famous artists in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Collection. https://sfmoma.org/series/countrydogs/
Art K12 Art History Curriculum Designed as Fun: Variation of art history games such as concentration, crossword puzzles, and matching games. https://artk12.com/category/games/