There was a lot Gogh-ing on this week!


There is so much to be learned from studying the work of Vincent Van Gogh. He left school at 15 and to begin a trade, and by then he was very well read and spoke 4-5 languages. He had a near photographic memory for details that comes across in all of his drawings and paintings. He was greatly influenced by the landscapes and people of his native Netherlands, and also lived in London and Paris before settling in the South of France. In each location, he visited galleries and museums and studied the artists and styles which culminated in his distinctive brush strokes and colors. He recorded everything around him in letters and diaries, which perfected his drawing style. This week we focused on texture and layering colors using two examples, a still life and a landscape. The children were amazing in their attention to detail. For most, it was a new concept to work in stages by laying down a background color and later drawing the image and adding texture.

 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

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