Art Attack: Now and Then

In a world of busy-ness and responsibility, it’s just as important to take few moments exploring the creative side of life. Join us as we share ideas on how to get those imaginative juices flowing and explore a world of art!


Summer_ArtMy kids are growing up. Aren’t they all? There’s nothing quite like looking back through the years of pictures and remembering when they were just little things, content to sit on our laps.

One of our summer projects is to look back over the years of collected images and make an attempt at recreating them!

Each of our girls were tasked with looking back through the thousands of pictures taken, finding one or two creative shots, and then reshooting that person in the same setting. The difficulty lies not in the taking of the picture, but rather in making the new picture resemble the old one as closely as possible.

Now and Then

A sample given for the competition.

Here were a few key elements they were looking for:

  • Is there similar clothing they can wear?
  • Is the environment the same?
  • Is the pose being replicated?
  • Are props used in the original photo available for use in the new?

We found that choosing an appropriate picture could be quite challenging. Our children are still young, choosing a picture which could be recreated would be difficult. Pictures of newborns just didn’t seem to work and we couldn’t use pictures taken in the last few years, as those would have been too similar to how they look now. A bit of a trial!

Photos have been chosen; ones they feel are able to be reproduced with a minimum amount of difficulty. Now, they will be spending the greater part of the week setting up their shots and finally taking them.

This is a fun art project for anyone! Consider taking your own photos and doing the same. Looking back on the memories and ‘remembering when’ is so much fun, especially for the kids. Seeing the then and now, side by side, is truly precious. These will definitely need to be framed.

Time to Chime In: Have you ever recreated a picture taken of your children? Have you done this for yourself?


5 thoughts on “Art Attack: Now and Then

  1. My brother and sister-in-law are doing this with my children, and there are a few photos my brother and I want to recreate as well. The bigger the age difference between the two photos, the more entertaining it is for us. 🙂


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