Museum Challenge: Recreating Famous Artworks

by Matthew Innis |

Here in New Jersey, schools have been closed since mid-March, and students in our district have been conducting their classes online.  Surprisingly, it seems that the schoolwork has actually increased under these new circumstances, and somehow, the need for parental contributions to school projects has increased exponentially under the new workload.  For my wife and me – who pride ourselves on our involvement in the lives of our children – this has meant a tremendous amount of work piled upon our already busy schedules.  Among our responsibilities, we’ve had to help create video diaries, carve recorders out of carrots, build birdhouses, sew face masks, help catalog all of the trees in our neighborhood, and learn new technologies.

Like all other classes, Art has also continued online.  The teacher for our local elementary and middle school has been relying on social media for ideas to keep the children in her classes connected to the outside world by assigning to them trending worldwide activities such as making rainbow-themed posters with positive messages, creating sidewalk chalk images, and making notes of thanks for the workers who are on the frontline.  I suppose we should have expected it, but the latest assignment was the currently-popular Museum Challenge, a project in which art-lovers – in this case, our children – were tasked with creating a replica of a famous artwork.  Of course, this meant my wife and I had to be involved and we did our best with what we had to work with – namely, three disgruntled children. (Had the project been for my wife and I to dress up and recreate an image, we would have had a blast!)

For our image, we chose Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps (1594).   We think it came out pretty well.  We would have tried to improve some parts of it, but we exhausted the patience of our children and had to make due.  Prior to the assignment, we had only seen a few of those posted online by the Getty Museum, and did not realize how wonderfully done were some of the images already out there.  Ours pales in comparison, but we had fun, and have made our contribution to the challenge.

If you have made your own version of a famous artwork, either with your kids or just for your own amusement, and would like to share it here, send your images to, and I will append them to this post.


Some other examples from around the internet via The Guardian, Bored Panda, Design You Trust, and WMagazine.



    Linda J Whitehead

    These are wonderful! I have been having my students learn from the masters for years. Will send some of mine.
    Linda Whitehead


    These totally made my day!!! A big thank you to all who made them happen! Sara Linda Poly

    Vicki Popwell

    Absolutly LOVE these!


    So fantastic! I liked some of the modern ones better than the originals!!


    Very nice work! Thank you…

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