Mars Hill Academy Fifth Grade Students Bring Art to Life


Daniel Ashley of Mason assumes the role of the "Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap," an oil painting that exemplifies the painting style of sixteenth century Venetian artists.

MASON, OH -- Art came alive as fifth grade students at Mars Hill Academy recreated famous works for their Living Masterpiece project. 

Recreating the Early Renaissance fresco "Procession of the Queen of Sheba" are (from left) Jubilee McNeilly of Maineville, Annie Pawlak of Mason, Naomi Johnson of Mason, Elliana Spiers of Maineville, Rebecca Minick of Cincinnati, and (kneeling) Caroline Guckes of West Chester Twp.

Students were divided into groups to recreate famous works like Francesca's "Procession of the Queen of Sheba," Caravaggio's "The Calling of St. Matthew," Michelangelo's "Jeremiah," Titan's "Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap," and Raphael's "Pope Leo X with Cardinal Giulio de' Medici."

Fifth-graders (from left) Jonah Mizeres of Cincinnati, Trevor Hwang of Cincinnati, Timothy Kirk of Cincinnati, Liam Bedinghaus of Loveland, Levi Sisk of Cincinnati, Daniel Kuechly of West Chester Twp., and Maguire Imperial of Loveland recreate the oil painting "The Calling of St. Matthew," which depicts the moment at which Jesus Christ inspired Matthew to follow Him.

The students determine costuming and blocking for the pictures. The project reinforces their fifth grade history studies of the Reformation and Renaissance and introduces them to the drawings and paintings of the great masters.

Photos and story credit: Lisa Knodel

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