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Aug 24, 2012

Meet the Master: Vincent Van Gogh

Hello Everyone welcome to our new year curriculum for art called MEET THE MASTERS! When I found out it came with the option for homeschooling I was sold! Basically it works like this:

Step 1: Online Art History slideshow
Step 2: Worksheet technique pages
Step 3: Create a work of art based on the lesson

Why I like it so much? 
  • Because you don't need art teaching experience to teach the lessons to your kids. 
  • They use their hands on activities rather then just textbook work.
  • Because its broken down into sections so its easy to follow. 
  • And lastly, because of the joy I see it brings my kids when they get to pretend to be a famous artist and do the same art that Van Gogh did ;)
You can buy the entire curriculum (35 artists) or by track which is 5 artists. Track 1 includes Van Gogh, Cassatt, Mondrian, Picasso, and Monet. 
Our day with Vincent Van Gogh
We started the lesson by putting hats on the boys with little NON-lit tea candles so they could pretend to be painting at night like Van Gogh when he painted Starry Night. Then went through the computer slideshow while I read along. Next, worksheets where the boys could practice adding shapes to objects to create a textured look. The the fun part: learning how to draw broken line spirals with oil pastels around stars to create our own starry night.

The results!

Interesting Fact: Van Gogh only sold one painting his entire life.

Grace to You, Jenna 

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