5th Grade Mona Lisa Parodies

Parody: a piece of writing, music, etc., that imitates the style of someone or something else in an amusing way, according to Merriam-Webster.

5th Grade students learned about parodies in the art world, looking at examples by various artists, based on different artworks. Students compared and contrasted original works with parodies to see similarities and differences between the two. The students then came up with their own parody based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Of course, we also spent some time talking about the allure and fame of the Mona Lisa itself. Below is a sampling of the students’ work. I’d say they nailed the concept of a parody!







Students used the art sandwich to critique each other’s work.  An art sandwich is a nice way to give feedback, sandwiching the suggestion between two compliments.  It gives students a chance to see how their peers view their work, and often, I find that students give some of the very same feedback that I would give as their teacher.


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