Profile Type: Artist
Andy Volpe: Art & History

Andy Volpe: Art & History – Andy is a Living Historian and Fine Artist in the Central Massachusetts area. Best known for his Roman Legionary presentation, which he designed and developed in 2001 at the former Higgins Armory Museum (now part of Worcester Art Museum, where he still presents); and has been bringing to area schools, colleges, libraries and museums since 2004. The Roman program incorporates STEAM/STEM, Archaeology/Experimental Archaeology, Epigraphy, Historical research and reconstruction aspects, with replicas of archaeological artifacts (and even some actual artifacts) that students have a chance to handle/try-on. The program gives a brief synopsis of the Roman soldier in the 1st Century AD/CE, arms & armor, combat and daily life; parallels (Massachusetts) Curriculum topics. He also offers programs on the “Old Master” Artists of Europe and early Colonial America and their techniques with a powerpoint presentation and/or a live demonstration, which can be made into a hands-on workshop. Techniques offered are Metalpoint, pen/quill, and chalk drawing (1200s-1600s), and Intaglio Printmaking [engraving, etching, drypoint, 1450s - 1800). There is an option for Andy to bring a portable printing press and print “live” with student participation. Advanced notice and planning is needed. Artists discussed include Cennini, Vasari, Durer, Da Vinci, Goltzius, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Revere, to name a few. In development is a Colonial/Revolutionary War period view of the works of Revere and others and how it impacted Massachusetts and the British Colonies. Curriculum topics incorporate Art/Fine Arts, Art History, Art Appreciation, History, Archaeology, Historical Research. Not only does Andy research the techniques of the Old Masters, utilizing surviving instructional treatises, he also uses the very same techniques in his own artwork. Andy is also available for general Artist workshops in drawing, fine arts/studio arts, and in art history/art appreciation. Geographical areas covered are Southern New England, but can travel up to apx 130 miles from Worcester area, Massachusetts, but he is certainly open to discussion on further distances, etc.

I Have Worked With

  • October 2014

    Location: Museum of Science, Boston MA

    Activity: Living History and Interactive Display, Roman Legion

    Since 2012, members of Legion III Cyrenaica have been  providing an interactive display supporting International Archaeological Day sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America at the Museum.  Visitors can try on replica Roman helmets and touch replica artifacts and materials, all based on archaeological finds.  Additionally, Leg III Cyr. has provided a similar presentation for the AIA National Conference at the Franklin Institute held in Philadelphia, PA; and the Joukowsuky Institute of Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University.  Legion members have also attended AIA Roman-topic Lectures at various Colleges and Universities (namely Assumption College, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Yale University, Trinity College)

  • June 2014

    Contact: Neal Bourbeau

    Monthly Roman Legionary presentations, as well as Late Medieval/Burgundian ca 1476, and 1630's Massachusetts Bay Colony militia (groups Legion III Cyrenaica, Co. Wolfe Argent, Salem Trayned Band)

  • February 2014

    State: MA

    Date: 2/2014

    Activity: Printing Arts Demonstration/Lecture


    Printing Arts in the time of Paul Revere and Revolutionary Boston ca 1770-1775, including a live printing demonstration of a replica "Boston Massacre" Copperplate engraving.


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artist and Living History Presenter
Physical Address: 
34 Douglas Rd. Bldg. B / Red Brick Mill
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Last Name: 
508 344 5764


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - History
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Graphic
Humanities - General
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Archeology
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Humanities - Science
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Design Services
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
North Shore Arts Council
Metro West Arts Council
Living History Association

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age