Sunday, August 22, 2010

Van Gogh Lesson Plan

Vincent Van Gogh was a famous Dutch artist.  Older students may want to read this biography about Van Gogh along with these reading questions.

Sunflower Series

Van Gogh painted a series of sunflower paintings like the one below:  Learn more about this series here.


1. Count how many sunflowers you see in the picture above.
2. How many different colors do you see?
3. What fraction of the sunflowers are facing forward?


Learn more about sunflowers with this sunflower coloring book.

Make your own sunflower art with this weaving activity. 

Starry Night

Another famous Van Gogh piece is called Starry Starry Night.  A picture of the painting is below:


Have your child practice counting stars.

You can also use stars for counting, sorting, adding, subtracting and multiplying.

For multiplying, point out that each star has 5 points.  One star times 5 points equals 5 points, 1 X 5 = 5, two stars 2 X 5 = 10 etc.

Learn more about Van Gogh with this video:

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