We used the following books ~
- The First Starry Night
- Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars
- Discovering Great Artists
- Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids
- Van Gogh and the Sunflowers
- Vincent Van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind
- The Starry Night
- The Potato Eaters
- The Cafe Terrace at Night
- Harvest at La Crau
- Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries
- Portrait of Doctor Gachet (my favorite)
- Portrait of Pere Tanguy
As well, they made a collage of their favorite things and then placed a photo of themselves in the center. This was a fun project related to Van Gogh's "Portrait of Pere Tanguy," who was surrounded by his favorite things.
The kids also enjoyed doing a project called swirly words. They wrote words describing themselves in swirling lines around a photo of themselves.
For narration, they each told me what they had learned and told me about their favorite Van Gogh painting.
Van Gogh was a sad man. He got so upset once that he cut off his own ear. He had a brother. Farmers used to use his paintings to cover cracks and holes in their walls. Those paintings were ruined. Vincent Van Gogh may have been murdered. My favorite painting is the "Sunflowers". It has my favorite flower and I like the bright, happy colors.
Tom Sawyer ~
I learned that he made many, many drawings. One time he put candles on his hat to make pictures at night. He only sold one picture in his whole life. He painted all of the time, even during the Mistral Wind, which is a famous wind in France. The wind blows and blows and drives some people crazy. He traveled all over France. My two favorite paintings were "The Cafe Terrace at Night" and "Harvest at La Crau". I love the colors in the harvest one. It has lots of detail. I like the cafe picture because I like the idea of eating outside at night, and Van Gogh made me feel like I could be there.
Little Red Ridinghood ~
Vincent was a painter. He sold only one painting in his life. Actually, his brother sold the painting for him. His brother also took care of him. He loved his brother with all his heart. Van Gogh loved the colors yellow and orange. He lived and painted all over France. Most people did not like him because he was grumpy. He made hundreds of pictures. My favorite painting is the "Sunflowers," because I like flowers and it looks like a happy picture.
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