Hollywood producers have a long history of remaking classic television programs and movies in an effort to make them more relevant for modern audiences.
Students in Roger Darren High’s art II class at Star City High School recently applied that same thinking by recreating and reinterpreting classic works of art for modern audiences.
The assignment required students to select a famous work of art that is familiar to the general public. The students retained some elements of the original work, such as the composition, and updated the image to create an acrylic painting inspired by a classic work of art.
Students updated the imagery in the artwork to create a new work of art that is more reflective of society today. Some students used humor, satire, irony, and popular culture references in order to create new works of art more relevant for modern audiences.
Artworks selected for the remakes included work by Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, Jasper Johns, Johannes Vermeer, Cassius Marcellus Collidge, Grant Wood, Sandro Botticelli, Edward Hopper, James McNeill Whistler, Katsushika Hokusai, Jacques-Louis David, Jan van Eyck, Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Vincent van Gogh.
The paintings are currently on display at Star City High School library.