Profile Type: Artist
Andy Volpe: Art & History

Programs listing on Mass. Library Performers Directory: 

and on Instagram: @av_arthistory

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.

Since 2010, he has worked with the Printing Office of Edes & Gill in Faneuil Hall, Boston, replicating the engravings of Paul Revere and other notable 18th century prints; and also works with the Museum of Printing in Haverhill.


Additionally, Andy has a number of ZOOM / ONLINE and Pre-recorded/YouTube videos and slide lectures available:

Roman Legionary (As with the Live In-Person program, but with more emphasis on previous submitted Questions sent in my students/classes

Roman Writing Systems - (recorded, can have a followup Q&A Zoom session) - Looking at Roman writing systems like the wax tablet, papyrus, ostraca, etc

Medieval / Renaissance Artist (as with the live in-person program, can be done "podcast style" or as a Q&A Zoom session)

"Printing In Early Colonial New England" - Zoom slide lecture that looks at the Printing press, Engraving printing, and how it developed in the New England Colonies 1630s - 1790s

"Re-Engraving Paul Revere / Replicating the Boston Massacre" - Zoom slide lecture, taking at look at Andy's project to replicate an exact size copy of Revere's "Boston Massacre" plate for the 250th Anniversary in 2020.  His is one of the only hand-engraved replicas since the 1830s.

"Pressed Into Service: The Printing Press in War"  (Zoom or Live Lecture, In Development)

"Dangerous Printers / Printing Up Trouble" (Zoom or Live Lecture, In Development)

"Birds in Print"  (Zoom or Live Lecture, In Development)


I Have Worked With

  • State: MA
    Date: 9/2012
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading

    MCC Grant provided funding for a Roman Legionary presentation, open to the public.

  • State: MA
    Date: 11/2012
    Activity: Arts instruction/lessons

    Hands-On Public Interactive display/demo of Late Medieval-Renaissance period (apx 1440 - 1600) Artist materials and methods, public could try their hands on Silverpoint and Feather Quill pen drawing, grinding of gesso ground and painting pigments (simulated).  In support of a Medieval Tapestries exhibit.


  • 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