If the lockdown’s driving you nuts and you’ve been itching to go to the museum, then we have something for you. The J. Paul Getty Museum (also known as the Getty Museum) recently something on Twitter that challenged everyone’s creativity. The task? To recreate famous works of art.
It sounds easy, but there’s more to the challenge than what meets the eye. People can only use objects and pets available at home. Well, that and other members in the household who are willing to help them with their creative interpretations.
Time to get creative
The steps in doing the challenge are simple. First, people need to pick their favorite artwork. Once they’ve chosen the artwork they want to recreate, they have to look for three objects, people, or pets that they can use as props. The third step is all about posing and asking someone to take their picture so they can upload it online.
Fans of the museum were so enthusiastic in responding to their challenge. Annelisa Stephan, Getty Museum’s assistant director for digital content strategy, shared that their social media account got flooded with photos right away. It took a while for them to browse everything!
Stephan and everyone else at the Getty Museum could not believe the overwhelming response they received. It was supposed to be a fun activity for a few people, but they definitely struck a chord. They received responses from Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe, and the United States!
What made the challenge even more overwhelming was the fact that it brought people together. People commended other people for their creativity, laughed at the funny recreations, and celebrated images that moved them. It was also good to see kids submitting their entries. Indeed, art is for everyone!
History teachers took it as an opportunity to incorporate the activity into their classes. The students developed a different level of appreciation for the stories behind famous paintings we’ve all come to know and love.
Credits to Dotty the Pug