This year we are studying some of the Master Artists using Meet the Masters. My husband took art appreciation classes in college, but I never did study any of the artists growing up... I've used Child Size Masterpieces (affiliate link) and incorporated a few Leonardo and Michelangelo art projects with the older children when they were younger, but other than that I have never made much of an effort to incorporate art study into our lesson plans until this year.
In the fall we all enjoyed creating our Art Portfolios. We also completed the Vincent van Gogh unit study. This was our first introduction to van Gogh's life, and wow. Studying the artists is so different than studying the lives of the saints! We ended the lesson with a great discussion about the importance of having our faith at the center of our lives, and a prayer for his soul.
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Vincent van Gogh (van-GOE)
The results of Van Gogh's unhappy and tragic life are beautiful, expressive paintings of a world that did not accept or understand him.
Art Activity Emphasis: Texture
Media: Oil Pastel on black
construction paper card stock
Lesson: Complete Meet the Masters Slide Show
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Black construction paper (we used card stock instead)
Oil Pastels (we used the Pentel 16 count)
Paper towel (for wiping fingers)
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Didn't they all turn out so pretty?!
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I'd also love to do this Sunflower Art Project as an additional follow up activity and read a few other books on van Gogh including Katie and the Sunflowers, van Gogh and the Sunflowers, and In the Garden with van Gogh!