In Online Lesson, Elementary Students Recreate Works of da Vinci, Manet

By Heather Battaglia

Teaching art during quarantine is a challenge. Loriann Christian, an art teacher at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, spearheaded an effort to get students involved in the Getty Museum’s At Home Art Challenge. In an internet sensation, people of all ages have recreated masterpieces featured in the famous museum’s online collection.

ESBOCES teachers provided information about the museum and instructed students to visit it online. Students chose a piece of art, and then created a facsimile using whatever they had at home. To provide an example, Christian recreated King Tut’s Golden Mask by dressing up as the pharaoh.

Christian was thrilled at how well all the students incorporated everyday objects into the task. However, what surprised her most was the positive responses she received from parents. "So many of them emailed me to say that the challenge was a wonderful family activity," she said. "Students and family members took it upon themselves to recreate multiple images, which went beyond the scope of the assignment."

Here are some examples. Enjoy, and have a great Sunday!

Heather Battaglia is Public Relations Specialist for Eastern Suffolk BOCES.

A second grader from Bay Shore UFSD recreated Homage to Bonnard by Fernando Botero with the help of his father, who served as the model.
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A sixth grader from Longwood CSD recreated The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

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A third grader from Comsewogue UFSD recreated Jeanne (Spring) by Édouard Manet.

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A second grader from Longwood CSD recreated Royalty Dog by Romero Britto.

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