Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous artists in the world, which is why it’s important to teach about his life and artwork. His Postimpressionist style of painting is well-known and is fun to recreate
This week-long lesson plan introduces middle school art students to Vincent van Gogh’s life and artwork. The “Vincent van Gogh: A Lonely Postimpressionist” lecture shares details about the artist’s life. The lecture also includes checkpoints to engage the students as they take notes with the included note organizer. After the art history lecture, students will get to make their own projects based on van Gogh’s work with watercolor paints. An explanation of the art project with student examples is included in a separate PowerPoint titled “Beyond van Gogh.” Other than printing and photocopying handouts, there is very little preparation needed!
This zip download includes the following the “Vincent van Gogh” PowerPoint lecture with 53 slides to teach art history. The 2 page Vincent van Gogh lesson plan is a PDF. The 2 page note organizer is also a PDF, and an answer key is included. The “Beyond van Gogh” PowerPoint includes student example of completed paintings, project requirements, and a demonstration. The Beyond van Gogh rubric is a PDF, and there is an additional rubric with the point values blank to provide flexibility. There are four rubrics per page to save paper. There are also twelve small grayscale Vincent van Gogh prints in a PDF file; there are four per page, and they are double sided with text on the backside.
Anchor Standard: 7. Perceive and analyze artistic work
Objective: Students will be able to identify Vincent van Gogh’s artwork. Students will imagine what information was cropped out of scenes by Vincent van Gogh while using line and color.
Activity: Students will participate in an art history lecture. Students make a Postimpressionist style painting.
Materials: “Vincent van Gogh” PowerPoint, Vincent van Gogh note organizer, “Beyond van Gogh” PowerPoint, Beyond van Gogh Rubric, Vincent van Gogh Black and White Pictures with Labels, pencils, 9x12” paper, glue, watercolor paint, brushes, water cups, paper towels, and paper to cover the tables
Time: 5 classes