The first artist we picked to study is Vincent Van Gogh... that master of Post-Impressionism. Van Gogh has some personal interest for us since we visited some of the places that were important in Van Gogh's life when we were in France. We have pictures of the cafe he painted, spent a few days in Paris, and we spent some time in Arles, where Van Gogh spent some time trying to start an artist commune. Reney probably doesn't remember this (he was 20 months at the time!), but we have some pictures of him there, so that made it a little more interesting for him.
Some of the aspects of art that we talked about were contrast, perception, and texture. We looked at dark vs light, how perception shows distance (near vs far), and how texture can be used to create both contrast and perception.
Van Gogh did quite a few self-portraits, so that was our first attempt at art. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the self-portraits, but I was pleasantly surprised with Reney's attention to detail and image of himself. And my sister tells me that his subsequent self-portraits show an evolving image of himself and more seriousness in the artwork.
The next step was to look at some of Van Gogh's art and then create our own interpretations. One of the pieces that we studied was the famous "Starry Night" painting (shown below).
We created our own individual interpretations of this painting, using the medium of chalk on black construction paper.
|Reney's Midnight Christmas Tree|
The following week, we used Van Gogh's Sunflowers as our inspiration.
|The Van Gogh version...|
|I painted this lovely scene on construction paper for Brigitta|
|Reney created himself as a flower|