These interesting, amusing parodies of Mona Lisa were created by the Grade 5 students after they looked at several examples.
We looked at a large print of the Mona Lisa and discussed what the students knew about the painting.
- The Mona Lisa is one of the most well known images in the whole world
- Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa between 1503 and 1506 although some art scholars believe he worked on the painting as late as 1517
- The painting is believed to be of Lisa Gheradini who was the wife of rich merchant Francesco del Giocondo.
- King Francis I of France acquired the painting and it remains the property of the people of France and is on permanent display at the famous LOUVRE museum in Paris.
- The grade 5 students also watched several, funny Sesame St videos, which were parodies of popular songs.
Then we discussed what a parody was and watched a few music parodies so the students could get a handle on the concept. The obvious first place to look was Sesame St as almost every episode has some form of musical parody. The students had a good giggle at these.
Then we watched several videos by the uncrowned king of the musical parody, Weird Al Yankovic!!!
Once the students had an understanding of what a parody is they drew a 5-10 minute draft, in pencil, in their Art journal. The students then drew their parody on A4 cartridge paper and most used a photocopied face and hands of the Mona Lisa to complete their parody although this was their choice to use the photocopy or not.
The students then chose a complimentary background paper to form a frame around their work and decorated it to match the theme of their drawing.
Here she is a rock star on stage.
I was astounded with the range of situations that poor old Mona Lisa could be put into!
Here she is riding a dragon!
Some of the ways the frames were decorated to match the theme were very clever.
Here she is a wheelchair basketball player!
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these Mona Lisa parodies and the grade 5 students would certainly appreciate your comments.
If you would like to look at a whole range of different Mona Lisa parodies just go to my Da Vinci Pinterest board.