|American Gothic Parodies||
I've posted a few examples below of a Middle Art classes American Gothic Parody project. These pop up here and there all over the country and seem to be popular with the kids and the teachers. In years gone by this might have been done freehand, or perhaps with a copy of the original on which they pasted new heads cut from magazines. But now that we're in the digital age, Art students are learning to make digital art. The youngest example I've seen so far is Miss Lindhorst's 5th grade class in West Branch, Iowa (where else?). They did a Photoshop American Gothic Parody Project in 2011. It shows some great imagination. Have you or your kids on anyone else you know ever had an American Gothic related art project while in school? I'd love to hear the details. Also, please share links to any other school A.G. projects so we can all share!
Miss Lindhorst's 5th grade class Photoshop American Gothic Parody Project 2011
Scotia-Glenville Schools American Gothic Art Project
In recent years, books and movies seem to have really latched on to Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies. American Gothic Parodies do not seem to have followed this trend. I have found only two zombie themed pictures and no werewolves or vampires. This surprises me since the werewolves and vampires in particular have been mostly in stories featuring romantic couples. There is now a section in the bookstores labelled "Teen Supernatural Romance"! Our favourite couple should be a prime target for poking fun at a genre that seriously needs to be made fun of!!!
It's not because artists don't see value in the macabre or monstrous. I have no less than four Frankenstein Gothic's, five Aliens Gothic's and an assortment of other monstrous creatures set in the farmhouse pose.
And it's not because the parody makers are less active these days. Quite the contrary as evidenced by the fact that I found seven Obama themed American Gothic images but only one Reagan and no presidents earlier than LBJ, who is on a comedy album's parody cover. Not to mention lots of modern themes such as gay rights and America’s obesity problem.
So what’s the deal? I challenge artists to pick up their mouse, start up their Photoshop, and submit A vampire romance or vampires vs. werewolves American Gothic Parody. I regret that at this time I can offer no financial reward for such a creation but you will get credit on my pages. Any takers?
My name is George and I'm a long time fan of American Gothic parodies. I started a fan site 20 years ago and through that page I met other collectors, made a few friends and made a few trades.