I really enjoy sharing with kiddos at school about Van Gogh because not only are we able to talk about his paintings, style and composition - but we get to talk about emotions! During the introduction of the Van Gogh Units, I have the students pretend to draw imaginary lines in the air. We will draw happy lines with our fingers, angry lines, scared lines - you get the picture. Lines can have the same personalities of emotions. Just think about it - something to ponder. Communication is good. Van Gogh was a painter NOT a communicator!
I really enjoyed teaching this unit and I have found it to work with kids that I have taught from PK3 - 8th grade. Yep, we love to sing and dance in my classroom...so this art unit is always introduced with that famous song....by the Carpenters! (Case in point...remember how Karen Carpenter died....I wonder if she ever communicated her battle of anorexia to anyone? Things that make ya go HUM....) Weird how when you speak of Van Gogh...other sad stories come to surface! That is why talking & blogging are good people - good for the soul!
I just wanted to do a post to make and impression and give you a few thoughts to ponder on a really talented POST IMPRESSIONIST Painter..(get it? hee hee) The students had a great time learning about Van Gogh- we used oil pastels, construction paper and pencils to create this lesson!
I leave you with this Van Gogh Quote: "If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." .... xox 1969