I came across something on the internet a few weeks ago that I thought was really neat… A parody of a very famous surrealist painting, only using Harry Potter and the golden snitch as the focus. I believe it was painted by Ben Chen, but I can’t find the exact source, so I’m not 100% sure. Anyway, as a little challenge, and since I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I posted the picture up on the art room wall, with a sign saying that if anyone could tell me the name of the painting that the parody was imitating they would win a prize.
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A few days went by and I didn’t hear anything, so I thought students forgot about it.
Then, the most wonderful thing happened – there was TALK. The students began to come to me saying things like, “My dad and I spent last night looking through art books trying to figure it out.” Or, “I looked online all weekend.” Or, “My mom helped me find out that it was ___.” Five students have figured it out, which is wonderful, but even more amazing is that they are talking about art at home, with their parents, on their free time and that they are excited about it.
Last week one fifth grade class was in my room, and during the course of our lesson/conversation, the students voiced their wish that I post challenges like this more often. I listened to their plea, and spent some time afterwards searching online, only to find many wonderful parodies like the Harry Potter one. If students want to spend their home time, and their family time looking at art – how could I possibly deny them that!?
I’ll be hanging up a new challenge every month or two! Please help your 89 student keep their interest and excitement in art alive!