Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Van Gogh artist study

Bonjour! I can't believe it is already April!!! I don't know about the weather where you live, but it has only just begun to feel like spring here in Ottawa within the past few days. Finally!! I am SO ready for sunshine and flowers :)

I wanted to share a really fun art project I did with my class that they absolutely loved, and that makes a really gorgeous display of art in the hallways.

First, we spent some time looking at several paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and discussing the lines, colour, and sense of movement in his pieces. After we had spent time becoming familiar with his style, the students then began to recreate a piece of his art using pastels on black construction paper.


They sketched their drawing in pencil and then filled it in with either oil pastels or chalk pastels. I was so impressed with their focus and attention to detail!

Many students opted to attempt a second piece after they were finished their first, and some even did multiple. Interestingly, while many of my students were keen to try reproducing different pieces of Van Gogh, I had a couple of kids who became determined to recreate the same painting over and over, and you could really see the style and attention to detail developing in their work as they made it their own :)

In all, we spent 4 art classes studying Van Gogh over a period of about two weeks.

The finished works of art are on display in the hallway outside my classroom. They are absolutely beautiful! I really encourage you to try this activity in your class, and leave a comment or share pictures if you do! :)