The girls and I are reaching the end of our "Starry Night" studies. This has been so much fun! I've learned so much about Vincent van Gogh. I never liked van Gogh's work until now. I feel that we've learned about him as a person and this gives his paintings more appeal. The very broad brushstrokes that I disliked are what made him such a unique artist. I've come to appreciate his work.
Today we played a game that I found on the internet which turned out to be great fun for all of us. Located at http://www.eduweb.com/insideart/, this game draws the reader into a painting. The reader must find out the who, what, when, where and how in order to successfully complete the game and exit the painting. What a fun learning experience!
The children, in the end, were able to determine whether an artist is Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist or Abstract Expressionist. They can distinguish between a landscape, portrait, still life or abstract. They were able to pick out a Van Gogh from the works of other artists simply by examining the brushstrokes. They, too, could tell one from the other by the types of colors he used. Much fun and educational.. what more could you ask for from a lesson???