Seniors take up the Getty Museum Art Challenge

“Young Girl in a Black Hat with Red Flowers”, by Pierre Renoir, 1890 | Marion Rowe

The Getty Museum Challenge has taken the world by storm. During the COVID-19 quarantine, when cultural institutions were (and many still are) closed, the Home Art Project inspired people to recreate iconic paintings with things they have on hand. This boredom-busting activity appeals to both children and adults, including residents of the Amenida Seniors Community in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. They accepted the Getty Museum Challenge and rocked it by dressing up in paintings by Paul Gauguin, Pierre Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and many more.

Karen Schaefer is the recreation manager at Amenida and got the idea to try the project after seeing how stressful the pandemic was for seniors at her resort. As part of a high-risk group, they have to self-isolate and have not allowed visitors since March.

Schaefer began the Getty Museum Challenge by printing half a dozen portraits and donating them to the community. Residents then went in search of accessories, which included everything from a lampshade to fake flowers to copy paper improvised as part of a dress. Although it’s not the same as being out in the world, activity helps keep your spirits up.

“What really got to me was that they were like, ‘Am I going to be on Facebook? Do you want to email [the photos] to my daughter or my friend?’ » Schaefer Explain. “Or they’ll say, ‘I have to call my sister, my daughter, my brother to let them know.'”

Seniors from the Amenida Seniors community in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, have taken up the popular Getty Museum Challenge.

Getty Museum Challenge

“Portrait of Luise Halbe in a straw hat”, by Lovis Corinth, 1898 | Salt Eunice

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“Child in a straw hat”, by Mary Cassatt, 1886 | Trudy Castagner

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“Lady at the tea table”, Mary Cassatt, 1883 | Dorothee Weijer

Residents recreated famous portraits using materials they had on hand.

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Unknown Impressionist Artist, circa 1880 | Kathie Stanley

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“Woman with Mango” by Paul Gauguin, 1892 | Florence Grewal

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“Portrait with a Sunflower”, Anthony van Dyke, 1632 | Jim Cullina

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Portrait of a Woman from the Joseon Dynasty 1392–1910, unidentified artist, ca. 1920 – 40 | Young Ok Yang

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“Monk with wine”, unknown artist, around 1900 | Jim Smith

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“Kim Eun-ho”, Miindo, 1935, ink and color on silk | Chong Soon Jung

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“Portrait of a Girl with a White Dog”, by John Russell, 1790 | Brenda Hawkes and her dog, Ellie

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Unidentified artist | Jung Ja Lee

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“Self-Portrait” by Sesshū Tōyō, 1495 | Tadashi Horii

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“Portrait of a Young Woman” by Isaac Israels, 1920 | Dorothy Hannah

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“Young Girl in a Straw Hat” by Pierre Renoir, 1884 | Marguerite Beaver

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“Queen Marie of Romania” by Philip de Laszlo, 1924 | Ursule Fraatz

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