The Prep and The Priory Get Creative with Art Reenactments
Anela Akana

Life during COVID-19 has certainly changed – especially the increased time at home. Figuring out what to do with the surplus of free time has become the question that folks may have very different answers to. Thanks to the internet and social media, there's no shortage of ideas on how to make the most of it. From nonsensical videos to gardening how-to's to Tik Tok challenges, one thing is certain, time at home has awakened the creativity of those waiting out the storm. One growing trend in social media has been a challenge to reenact famous artwork by using household items. This trend picked up speed when The Getty Museum in California joined in and posted an art reenactment challenge of their own on Twitter. 

Recognizing this trend as a way for students to get creative, learn about art and have fun at the same time, some of the faculty at The Prep and The Priory has integrated the art reenactment challenge into class lessons. 

Cynthia Kinnear, a fifth-grade teacher at The Prep, turned this into an art lesson. Students had to find any famous work of art (portrait or statue) and recreate it with himself in the picture. The guidelines were that they had to try to emulate the facial expression and pose of the subject of the artwork and use items from around their house. "The boys enjoyed this lesson because they love to be creative and they enjoy having a choice in their learning," said Kinnear. "I liked how they paid attention to details and tried to emulate the emotion in the art. I was so impressed with how the recreations came out!" 

The Priory first grade class did something similar. The students had been studying Jane Goodall, so their reenactments were from Jane Goodall's iconic photographs. They also wrote a report on it and shared it with their class via Zoom.

At The Priory Upper School, World History I & II students used The Getty Museum's Twitter challenge as their class assignment. The girls were challenged to choose artwork and recreate it with three objects or other people in their homes. Their creations can be found here. "It was a lighthearted activity that made our confined students and all participants look at artwork more mindfully," said Murielle Sipola, The Priory world history teacher.