Elementary school students in Princeton recreate famous works of art at home

(l) Community Park Elementary art teacher Lara Sawers says “We can do it” when it comes to students re-imagining famous works of art at home.

Community Park Elementary School art teacher Lara Sawers challenged her students to participate in the global movement known as #museumathome and #betweenartandquarantine, where people recreate famous works of art. She wasn’t sure what to expect from her students, who are in grades two through five, but then submissions began filling her inbox.

The museum at home challenge began with a Dutch Instagram account and became a social media movement through the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Participants choose a work of art and find three things in their homes to recreate it. Sawers adapted this for her students, asking them to choose a work of art and figure out a way to recreate it while paying attention to colors, shapes, and subjects.

Sawyers has been pleased with the results. “Students are engaging in a meaningful activity, learning about iconic works of art, and having fun during such unprecedented times,” she said.


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