AP History Students Step in the Shoes of Renaissance Artists

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It’s not every day that high school students are out coloring the sidewalks with chalk, but at Amityville Memorial High School recently, it helped bring history alive. Students from the Advanced Placement European History participated in a hands-on Renaissance gallery art activity by recreating several famous works.   

Juniors and seniors have been studying the Renaissance time period, which spanned from the early 14th to the early 17th century. Students delved into the characteristics of both Italian and Northern Renaissance art by forming groups and conducting research on particular artists, the artwork they created and the techniques they used. 

After explaining the significance of each piece of artwork, students went outside to recreate it. Two groups focused on Leonardo Da Vinci, with one replicating “The Last Supper” and another drawing the “Mona Lisa.” A third group focused on the Northern Renaissance and depicted Jan van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait.” by Jan van Eyck. 

Teacher Matthew Tomasi said this is the third year students from the AP European History class have completed this project and they enjoy the experience of recreating famous artwork from centuries ago.