Art meets informational text!
Artist biographies combine reading comprehension with art observation
and help develop visual literacy. This one-page biography of Vincent van Gogh is accompanied by a student response worksheet that asks for written and illustrated responses to informational text.
This mini-biography is kid-friendly and designed to accompany an art observation activity with your favorite van Gogh painting, but it can also be used alone! For ideas and tips for art observation lessons, see the included Process Tips page from my free resource: Looking at Art with Kids.
Use this for shared reading with younger students, ELL students, and other students with special needs; most older students will be able to read it independently. The response sheet is open-ended enough to be appropriate for a range of elementary grade levels.
For more artist biographies, see these resources:
Artist Biographies Set One:
Marc Chagall • Wassily Kandinsky • Henri Matisse
Frida Kahlo • Pablo Picasso • Norman Rockwell
Artist Biographies Set Two:
Alexander Calder • Leonardo da Vinci • Keith Haring
Piet Modrian • Georgia O’Keeffe • Wayne Thiebaud
Related draw and write resources:
Draw & Write Literature Response Templates - Integrating Reading, Writing, and Art.
Draw & Write Non-Fiction Response Templates.
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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