Something new we are trying this year during Art on Nepessing St. is a collaborative art project. An image of a well-known painting will be divided into sections for various "volunteer artists" to paint onto individual canvases, without knowing what they are painting. At the end all the canvases are assembled and the final work is revealed.
Here are a couple of examples on educational sites for kids. The methods used are a little different but the idea is the same:
Masterpiece Mosaics - Teach Kids Art blog
Remixed Masterpiece - the Art of Education
My friend Marianna and I have volunteered to choose the image, which is turning out to be trickier than expected. It has to be in the public domain, meaning no copyright laws pertain to its use, and be available online at a high enough resolution to enlarge for printing. It has to divide up nicely into a grid of standard-size small canvases, with enough interest in every section of the painting so some artists don't end up with all one color or something similarly un-fun. And the individual squares shouldn't give away the identity of the artwork too easily.
It seems like VanGogh is popular for this type of project, so I don't want to use any Van Gogh work. Hmm .... I wonder what we'll end up with ....