Thursday, November 3, 2016

Vincent van Gogh

 Last week, we completed a study on Vincent van Gogh, one of my husband's favorite artists.  To start, we read his biography using Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Vincent Van Gogh by Mike Venezia.  (These books are GREAT!)  We learned about his tragic life and how his favorite color was yellow.  We also learned how he loved sunflowers and made over 900 paintings, selling only one in his lifetime.  He only signed the ones he was fond of.
After our reading, we put together this little sticker scene from Dover, Make a Masterpiece: Van Gogh's Starry Night.
 All done!
Next, we read more about van Gogh in The Usborne Book of Famous Artists (pages 65-67) ...
... and in the Van Gogh studio book by Pascal Bonafoux.
We also read about his Sunflowers paintings on pages 42-43 of The Usborne Book of Famous Paintings.
After our reading, I thought it would be fun to play the "Van Gogh's Sunflowers Roll and Draw" dice game I found at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Art-Lesson-Van-Goghs-Sunflowers-Roll-and-Draw-1462147.  Maggie would roll the dice and each turn, she would draw the vase or flowers that her dice landed on.
All done!
 Sunflowers!
 Then, it was time for some real fun!  We ripped into our Master Kitz Sunflowers painting kit to simulate van Gogh's famous painting of the same name.  (We LOVE these kits!  I was fortunate enough to get the two kits we used in this lesson for only $5 each at Bed, Bath & Beyond on a clearance table.  They were originally $30 each.)
Getting to work!
 Busy ...
 Once done, it was truly a masterpiece!
 LOVE it!  And just like van Gogh's works, Maggie placed very thick paint in places of her painting!
 After that, we opened our second kit, The Starry Night.
 Once done, she was proudest of this piece.  Here she is, standing below my husband's painting of the same.  
 She wants this one framed!
 Beautiful!
 And, like van Gogh did, because she was proud of this one, I encouraged her to add in her name!
Two great pieces!
It was another fun art study!  Next, we will learn about Kandinsky!

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