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I love his bold colors, his minute attention to detail, and the way he infused the canvas with living emotion. There is nothing flat or uninteresting in a Van Gogh painting.
Wheatfield with Crows, 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Self-Portrait, 1887, Art Institute of Chicago
Sunflowers (F.458), repetition of the 4th version (yellow background), August 1889.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
You can see Wheatfield with Crows and other Van Gogh paintings literally come to life in the “Crows” portion of Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams. Watch a short portion here:
To read a biography of Van Gogh and view several of his best works onscreen, visit Garden of Praise.
If you scroll down to the bottom of that page, you’ll also find some online and printable activities, including a crossword, memory puzzle, and more. They also have a nifty Van Gogh slideshow here. This is one of my favorite sites for free art appreciation resources.
Each week in our homeschool, we have been looking at and discussing one of his paintings.
I’ve loved using the high quality prints and picture study pages from the Famous Artists Notebooking Set, but you could also view your prints online or print them from Garden of Praise or elsewhere. Picture study can be done orally or kids can create their own notebooking pages from scratch.
Then I found this need idea from Harmony Art Mom to do a watercolor painting collage. While it might pair more readily with an abstract artist’s work, it seemed a great way to look at color, so the kids gave it a go. I’m going to show you the original watercolor they each painted, followed by the final collage.
The amazing thing about Emma’s painting was that when it was cut into squares and we looked at each one separately, they looked like mini landscape paintings. The overall finished piece was truly a transformation. She decided to so an asymmetrical configuration for her collage:
Peter started out with a bold painting of a monster lizard. Here’s is collage:
Mary’s began with an intricate design:
Any of her squares looked like mini abstract paintings. She decided on an intricate layout for her collage:
We had a lot of fun with this project and the kids were thrilled with the results.
What art have your kids been creating?
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