Vincent Van Gogh

Self-Portrait, August 1889, Oil on canvas

Self-Portrait, August 1889, Oil on canvas

I often think the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is one of the most well known and influential artists of the 19th century. A very prolific painter despite his short life, Van Gogh’s artwork moved from the heavy forms and dark colors of his time living in the Dutch countryside, to the vivid colors and passionate feelings of his landscapes, still-lifes and portraits from his time living in Arles, in the South of France.

In this lesson, students will learn the function of the color wheel, and the concept of complementary colors. Their artwork will explore texture, outline and the use of color to express emotions.

Van Gogh Lesson Plan

Van Gogh PowerPoint

Van Gogh PowerPoint Notes

Fall Lesson Review Van Gogh – notes gathered at a lesson review meeting following a quarter of teaching.

Winter Lesson Review Van Gogh 2015– notes gathered after winter quarter.

Vincent Van Gogh books that have been donated to your school’s library:

Vincent Van Gogh & The Colors of the Wind by Chiara Lossani

Children will be able to follow this world-famous artist’s life, learning everything from Van Gogh’s aspirations to his relationship with his brother, the one who constantly encouraged Van Gogh to paint. Illustrations that evoke Van Gogh’s style of painting with strong brush strokes fill the pages alongside reproductions of Van Gogh’s own work. Good for kids aged 2 and up.

Vincent’s Colors by Vincent Van Gogh

A book filled with explosive color, deft brush strokes, and Van Gogh’s own words to his brother Theo. Get a glimpse into the mind of the artist and the works that were created by his own hands. Age range: preschool and up


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