I’ve mentioned before that I am the art teacher at our co-op. This year we changed our schedule up a bit, and I am taking a new approach to my class. Last year I covered art basics, color theory, drawing etc. This year I am focusing on famous artists and their work. So, I thought I’d share my lessons with you. They’re great for any child who loves art, and could easily be done with basic supplies you probably have around your house.
First I had them fill in Vincent Van Gogh on the Name line. Then I handed out a copy of his self portrait for them to glue onto their page so they could associate a face with the name.
|I printed all of the pictures as wallet size from my printer.|
Now like I said, Van Gogh… a little hard with the biographical information. We covered his birthday (March 30, 1853) and his place of birth (Zundert, Netherlands), and some facts about his family.
Include it if you are doing this lesson. It is really cool and incorporates many of Van Gogh’s works into a great little story.
Since I didn’t have my book, we moved on to his famous works. I highlighted “Starry Night,” and “Bedroom in Arles”. I asked the kids what they would have named the paintings, and what they liked most about them. We covered his mediums (oil paints, sketches and early watercolors). I handed out examples and had them glue them down and label them. I didn’t touch on the uglier parts of his life and death, I felt it was too much for the younger kids. Use your own discretion there.
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