My young artist and I have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh for the past 2 weeks.
We used these books:
Visiting Van Gogh from the Adventures in Art series by Prestel.
I like it because it has large, full page pictures of his paintings.
Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt is a wonderful picture book about Van Gogh. This book is perfect if you would like to avoid any reference to Van Gogh’s mental illness/suicide.
This next book is small but thorough: Vincent Van Gogh by Sean Connoly, is a biography with lots of details about Van Gogh’s life plus pictures of lesser known paintings.
Finally, the Van Gogh Art Activity Pack, by Mila Boutan, is a great resource. It comes with a full color book about Van Gogh’s techniques, activity book with blank pages and prompts, and a large outline poster of The Church of Auvers-sur-Ooise to paint.
For our Friday art project, I assigned my young artist to pick one of Van Gogh’s paintings to copy.
She chose sunflowers.
We used a page from the Prestel book as a reference.
She sketched it out in pencil and then started to paint. I could tell right away that she was ‘coloring’, not painting.
I encouraged her to loosen up and not worry about filling each flower with solid color.
The composition was tricky for her, but I thought she did a great job placing her flowers.
And the little guy is always marching to the beat of a different drummer, but that’s OK!
Now it’s really coming along!
Yay for beautiful sunflowers! When our kitchen flowers fade away, we’ll still have this lovely painting to enjoy.
Hope you have a lovely weekend,