Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Mona Lisa/

American Gothic


Choose either Grant Wood's American Gothic or Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and create a parody of the artwork in any medium.  Be creative.

Research the artworks in order to be able to speak about who are in the original works and the artists that created them. Medium:  What ever you choose (except digital).  Include a background and a full range of details.

Do not copy example that you found while googling.

Artist: Grant Wood

Location: Art Institute of Chicago Building

Genre: Portrait

Created: 1930–1930

Periods: Modernism, Regionalism

Media: Beaverboard, Oil paint

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Dimensions: 77 cm x 53 cm

Location: The Louvre (since 1797)

Subject: Lisa del Giocondo

Created: 1503–1504

Periods: High Renaissance, Renaissance


Use these coloring pages as references for simplifying the artworks if needed.

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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