Art Parody Unit
In this unit, students are being asked to choose an artist's significant historic artwork and then to create a parody of it. Their first task is to research their artist and artwork, then to propose what they would like to do to form a parody of the work, including what content will be used, what medium they would like to create in as well as what their intention is (humour, social commentary etc).
Once their research and proposal are completed and accepted, students may move on to creating their works.
The submission area for the research and proposal form can be found here.
Examples of Parodies & Adaptations of Art
TV shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy are chock-full of references to other things all throughout each and every episode. Cartooning is its own form of art and these dedicated creators will always take up an opportunity to throw a historical art reference in to their shows any chance they can. In the beginning of this Treehouse of Horror episode (a once-a-year Halloween-themed episode on The Simpsons), character Bart Simpson walks through a gallery hall of artworks that parody well-known works of arts by placing characters of The Simpsons throughout each piece. The episode is embedded below so that you may preview that portion (play the episode up to approximately 1 minute 11 seconds).