- Somerset County VoTec
SCVTHS STUDENTS COMPLETE GETTY MUSEUM CHALLENGE
(left): SCVTHS junior Rebeca Vindas of Bound Brook shows her Getty Museum Challenge assignment.
(right): School junior Tyler Caulfield of South Bound Brook shows his Getty Museum Challenge assignment.
SCVTHS junior Vanessa Wilkerson of South Bound Brook
shows her Getty Museum Challenge assignment.
Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School students in Ms. Cristina Perrone’s English classes were recently tasked to complete the Getty Museum Challenge as part of their virtual learning. The challenge requires participants to recreate famous art masterpieces using commonly found household items.
Ms. Perrone decided to use the Getty Museum Challenge in her virtual classes as, “many students were struggling with the social-emotional impact of the quarantine and I wanted to give them another way of expressing themselves in an enjoyable and creative way. I also thought this was an opportunity to get them moving since they were not getting much activity.”
Ms. Perrone often incorporates art and music into her lessons as a way to enrich her students’ understanding of a time and place in literature, while also demonstrating the interconnectivity of human expression across time and cultures. Perrone stated, “When I saw this art challenge online, I thought it was a way of sending them on a virtual class trip to a museum and allowing them the choice to connect to any work that spoke to them and reinterpret it in their own way. Students then had a zoom class to discuss what drew them to the work and how they recreated it.” Ms. Perrone went on to add, “Another aspect of the challenge was for students to look at their environment in a new way. They had to make art from what was available to them in their familiar surrounding, with familiar objects. Many also had to engage the help of their parents, siblings, and even pets!”
Ms. Perrone was thrilled with the outcome of the lesson, saying she was “amazed at the creativity of my students. It was astounding to see what students were able to achieve with limited resources–so creative!”
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