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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Artist Study: Van Gogh

The AO advisory team has chosen Van Gogh for this term's artist.
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That's my FAVORITE Van Gogh: (I also have it as the background on My Desktop)

I'm sure glad that we are using this curriculum, and this is one of the biggest reasons why! I love the exposure we're getting to some of the world's greatest artists. Not just to study them, but we are learning more appreciation for art in general... our own artistic talents, those of all kinds of people around us, as well as the classics. I love how it expands our world.

Most people have heard of Van Gogh, but I wonder how many people could identify his art? I can confidently say that I could not, previous to our AO artist study experience.

When we do artist study, we don't really worry too much about what period we're studying, or what type of art it is. We are appreciating art. Maybe it should be more appropriately termed picture study. When possible, we study something of the artist's life, but without a library, that is sometimes impossible. We do have Hillyer's A Child's History of Art (do you want it for free too? Go here), so we try to read that during our Artist Study time every other week (we have it scheduled for Wednesdays). Sometimes though, we go online, as we don't have a lot to work with here.

There is an incredible online photomosaic of the same painting above HERE.

And here, you can put it together in an puzzle! How cool is that?!
Click to Mix and Solve

Links to some awesome coloring sheets to make your own version of a few of Van Gogh's paintings:
Starry Night
Starry Night
The Night Cafe
The Chair and the Pipe


Here are the links to the paintings we're studying this term:
1. The Starry Night, 1889, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
2. The Chair and the Pipe, 1888, National Gallery in London, England
3. The Night Cafe, 1888, Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut
4. Self Portrait as an Artist, 1888, Paris, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise
OR Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
OR Los Angeles County Museum of Art's LACMA West (maybe part of a traveling exhibit?).
5. The Vase with Sunflowers, 1888, Paris, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise
6. Bedroom at Arles, 1889, Musee d'Orsay in Paris, France

Fun. fun. fun.



Trisha said...

I found your blog through Ambleside Online list and just wanted to thank you for listing these Van Gogh resources. We're on a bit of a different schedule and are studying Van Gogh now, so these are so helpful. Thank you for the time you put into this post!

Tammy Glaser said...

We were soooooooooooooo lucky! Whenever we go to Kansas, we spend time at *our* British museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, which has TWO van Gogh paintings and a ginormous Monet water lily panel. Then, another friend told us the art museum in St. Louis has a few van Goghs: a "rest stop" on our next trip out west!

amyinperu said...

oh my! i AM jealous! there actually was a visiting collection of van gogh works when we were in houston last year and i couldn't go!!! not enough time! i was SO super sad.

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