Friday, April 26, 2013

Artful Friday in 7 Quick Takes: A Study of Van Gogh

Hey friends ad thanks for stopping by!
Today I'm incorporating my 'regular' 
Artful Friday post with 
Kelly's QT link up for highlights  of our Vincent van Gogh study!

We adore this artistic genius for so many reasons.....
His endearing and engaging artwork, of course,
 the love and attention to detail he poured into each piece,
his humility,
his all - too - human battle with depression.
A good five years ago or so,
 we studied Vincent. 
But as the boys grow and can more deeply 
 understand  the facets of his life
and his true contribution,
we embarked on a study once again.


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Insight into the man? 
It's all here. 
THE quintessential guide.


Who doesn't love Mike Venezia's series?


Literally stumbling across a great artist's work, young characters
 track down its source and investigate  
the possibility that a family heirloom is a Van Gogh.
Very cute and intriguing.
I read snippets of it here and there while the boys were painting in his style.
(see # 5 and # 6... :)


Okay, you KNOW we are huge Whovians here....
THIS ep is unbelievably touching.
Just unbelievable.
Even if you're not into sci-fi, tune in and watch at the above link.
Or pick up season 5 right here.
Okay, yup there are monsters and such...
Buuuuuut, a peek into Vincent's psyche and 
a commentary of his maserpieces by a docent, albeit a fictional docent ?
Not to be missed.
 Awesome background and very emotional.
And believe me, you need a box of tissues alongside you while watching.
Do you love "Sunflowers?"
You'll love it even more after you watch this!
Seriously, tune in now.....


A little art background
First we discussed  warm and cold colors from a lesson in 
Teach Art to Children...
using gorgeous artwork within these picture books~

Owl Moon 


Arrow to the Sun


Then we attempted artwork  in Vincent's style:

"Starry Night" in progress~

And here's the  finished piece,
inspired by van Gogh's Sunflowers

For Timmy's version of Sunflowers,
 he used regular crayola paints.
Nothing fancy.
I recently bought that acrylic pad though, 
because the usual paint pads they've been using 
have allowed the paint to bleed through.


Please don't miss this:

Virtual Tour of The Musee D'Orsay

And here's a little more info on the Musee d'Orsay

Here are a few past 'Artful Friday' posts  in case you'd like to 
dust off something from the archives:

 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)

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  1. I'm still on Season 2, but I'll know I have that episode to look forward to. It's available live steaming on Netflix, which is great nice I've never been able to play a DVD I checked out from the library. They're always scratched beyond usefulness. I check out VHS tapes when available, but that doesn't work for recent shows.

    1. Kendra, you will love it, when you gt to it, eventually:)

      Too bad abt the lib DVDs...that does happen and it's frustrating!

      Thanks for stopping in today:)


  2. Once I was bathing a child in a very soapy tub and I saw the swirls and currents in the soap floating on top of the water. It reminded me exactly of the sky in "Starry Night"! I've loved watching soap swirl ever since. :)

    1. Very cool!I can just picture that:)

      Thank you, Christie, for stopping in...


  3. Great resources! I'm book marking! Do you allow pinteresting? I know art, art history and art appreciation are sorely lacking in our homeschool! I love your student's original art work! Thanks for joining us at Friendship Friday!

    1. Yes indeed, I do, Sylvia; it's very kind of you to ask that.
      And thank you for stopping in to comment!

      And thank YOU for hosting FF!


  4. Chris,

    You always find such wonderful resources! We love Van Gogh too, and we've also painted our own Starry Nights and Sunflowers. We'll be looking out for the books you recommended and following your links. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Sue!!
      Yes, we never tire of learning more of Vincent:)

      Have a great day...and thanks for visiting

  5. Chris - I can't find a way to email you directly, so going public here :) I'd like to connect on a project; would you drop me a line at: runnnergirl78 Thanks!!! Jen

    1. Will do, Jen.
      I don't have an "email me" button...guess I should do that!

      Thanks for the comment

  6. The Holy Spirit sure works in mysterious ways. :) We are about to study Van Gogh in home-school this week and I'm happy to have these extra resources to check out. Thank you!

    1. Isn't that something, Carol!
      Happy it worked out....:)

      Have a lovely night and thank you for stopping in.

  7. Love Van Gogh and we saw some of his works at the d'Orsay a couple weeks ago:) IF you want to read a great adult book about Van Gogh check out
    I read it and it is great and I saw the painting the book describes about the doctor was talking about at the d'Orsay. Fantastic read:)

  8. Not sure that link work but the book is called The last Van Gogh by Alyson Richman--there is a Kindle version

    1. Yes, Anna Marie, it did work!
      I look forward to receiving it...thanks so much for the rec and for topping in to say hi.


  9. I am all about the art projects! I was in AP Art all through High School and one of my favorite things to do with my two boys is to make art projects. I've considered doing studies of different artists and I love this post about Van Gogh. I need to do more. Thanks for sharing your fun! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    1. Krista,
      Thanks so much for the kind words!
      I'm happy that some of the resources are a help...:)

      Thank you for stopping in!

  10. We love painting like Mr Vn Gogh.

    1. Sandi~
      It IS fun, isn't it?
      Thank you for stopping in to comment!

      Have a lovely day!

  11. Thanks for linking to Look What We did. I have featured you today in the Homeschool Review.

    1. ooh, ow exciting, Savannah!
      Thank you so much...LOVE your What we did link up. The ideas are wonderful!


  12. What a great resource!! Thanks for sharing it at Teach Me Tuesday on Preschool Powol Packets!!

  13. So neat!! I can't wait to teach art to my babies! Found you through the Hearts for Home link-up.

    1. Thank you, Gabby!!

      I appreciate you stopping in! Love the HFH hop as well!!

  14. I love the idea of studying artists and using their work as a springboard to create our own pieces. I've done something similar with my own kids - we've explored Paul Klee and Monet that way. The paintings that you guys came up with are fabulous - I especially love those sunflowers!

    1. Thanks, Sarah, for stopping over and for your kind words!

      We have not studies Klee! I will definitely look into his work for this upcoming year.

      Thanks and be well!


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