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.
This resource is great to use 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.
This free resource is included in St. Patrick's Day Art Lesson Green Landscapes
More artist biographies:
Artist Biographies Volume One:
Marc Chagall • Wassily Kandinsky • Henri Matisse
Frida Kahlo • Pablo Picasso • Norman Rockwell
Artist Biographies Volume 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
- five integrated Art lessons
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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