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Activity One - Inspired By Vincent van Gogh

Activity 1

Inspired By Vincent van Gogh

Activity Two - Starry Night

Activity 2

Starry Night

Activity Three - Sunflowers

Activity 3

Sunflowers

Activity Four - Self Portrait

Activity 4

Self Portrait

Websites

Vincent van Gogh Museum
This is an excellent website for more information about Van Gogh’s life and paintings.
The site provides videos suitable for children and free outlines of Van Gogh’s work which you can print for children to paint.

Vincent van Gogh Activities

Activity One - Inspired By Vincent van Gogh

Activity 1

Inspired By Vincent van Gogh

Hands-On Activities:
Activity Two - Starry Night

Activity 2

Starry Night

Hands-On Activities:
Activity Three - Sunflowers

Activity 3

Sunflowers

Hands-On Activities:
Activity Four - Self Portrait

Activity 4

Self Portrait

Hands-On Activities:

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How do I use these KS1 Vincent van Gogh activities?

In this engaging exploration of Vincent van Gogh's extraordinary life and work, your child will have the opportunity to delve into the world of art and creativity. Encourage them to channel their inner artist by creating a self-portrait, just like van Gogh did to express his unique perspective. They can also draw inspiration from the beauty of sunflowers, a recurring motif in van Gogh's paintings, and perhaps even go on a night walk to experience the magic of the evening sky before attempting their own rendition of the iconic "Starry Night."

This resource not only fosters artistic expression but also aligns with various aspects of the National Curriculum of England. Through this exploration of art, your child will also touch upon elements of English and History, creating a holistic learning experience that combines creativity with academic growth. Encourage your child to let their imagination soar and discover the world through the eyes of a master artist like Vincent van Gogh.

First Activity

In this art exploration session, your child will dive into the vibrant and expressive world of Vincent van Gogh's masterpieces. Through hands-on activities, they will have the opportunity to experiment with various art techniques, from bold brush strokes to intricate detailing, using an array of colourful materials. Encourage your child to let their imagination soar as they create their own unique masterpieces inspired by the iconic style of this renowned artist. Embrace the joy of creativity and self-expression as your child delves into the captivating realm of art.

Second Activity

Encourage your child to observe the swirling patterns and vibrant colors in Van Gogh's masterpiece. Ask them to think about how the artist used different brushstrokes to create movement in the night sky. Provide them with materials like dark blue and yellow paint, along with various sizes of brushes or even their fingers to recreate their own version of a starry night scene. Let their imagination run wild as they bring their own unique interpretation of the night sky to life on paper or canvas. Remember, there are no right or wrong ways to create art—just endless possibilities to explore and enjoy!

Third Activity

Encourage your child to observe the vibrant colours and bold brushstrokes in Van Gogh's masterpiece. Ask them to pay attention to how the artist captured the beauty and energy of the sunflowers.

Next, provide your child with art supplies such as paints, brushes, and paper. Allow them to experiment and create their own unique arrangement of flowers, just like Van Gogh did with Sunflowers.

Remind your child that art is a wonderful way to express themselves and that there are no right or wrong answers in painting. Encourage them to have fun and be creative as they bring their own vision to life on the canvas.

Fourth Activity

In this creative endeavour, your child will have the opportunity to explore the unique and expressive world of self-portraiture, following in the footsteps of the great artist Vincent Van Gogh. By studying Van Gogh's self-portraits, your child can gain insight into his use of colour, brushstrokes, and emotions captured on canvas. Encourage your child to delve into their own thoughts and feelings as they embark on this artistic journey, allowing their personality and individuality to shine through their own self-portrait. Embrace the creative process and celebrate the beauty of self-expression through art.

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