Mona Lisa smiles in Camana Bay

You too can paint a masterpiece like the Mona Lisa. Learn how this weekend at the workshop facilitated by renowned local artist John Broad.  

It’s a collaborative effort, open to artists of all ages and abilities, that will result in a large scale version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, which will then be displayed in the town centre.  

John has run this Masterpiece Workshop before, at John Gray High School. Not only is he a talented artist with many successful exhibitions behind him, but he has also taught art at many schools in Cayman as well as at UCCI. The concept of the workshop is based on a similar idea used by a well-known artist in Britain.  

The idea is to take a poster-size print of a famous masterpiece, and split it into tiles. Each participant is then given one or more tiles which they must paint on a scaled-up piece of card. The tile with the famously enigmatic smile will be painted by John, and the rest shared out between the participants in the workshop. 

There will be a total of 24 tiles and anybody who registers in advance can participate in the event.  

At the end of the workshop all the paintings are put together to recreate a 5-foot by 4-foot reproduction of the Mona Lisa. 

“We’ll be using acrylics for this,” says John. “What’s interesting, is that everyone has their own unique style.”  

It should therefore be an eclectic interpretation of the painting.  

Cayman’s own Mona Lisa will be displayed in Camana Bay’s town centre. 

The workshop is scheduled to run from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, June 1.  


For more information or to register contact [email protected] 


Lots of people will be involved in re-creating the Mona Lisa in Camana Bay. – Photo: File

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