This lesson contains 11 slides, with interactive quiz and text slides.
Ask the class to study the image carefully for a few seconds, without saying anything. Then go on to the multiple-choice question on slide 2.
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Tell the class: This is the front page of a French magazine from long ago: Paris Illustré from 1886. This issue is about Japan, 'Le Japon'. The front cover is illustrated with a print by the Japanese artist Keisai Eisen.
Continue: Vincent van Gogh loved Japanese art. After he read that French magazine, he decided to make a painting based on the cover.
Courtesan (after Eisen), 1887
Continue: Even though Vincent was good at copying drawings, he needed a special technique to copy the Japanese figure.
Continue: That was because he planned to make the painting much larger than the magazine cover.
Continue: Vincent's trick was to use a grid. He first traced the picture from the magazine cover onto a sheet of paper. Then he drew a grid over that. He drew the same grid pattern on the canvas for his painting, but larger. That way he could make a larger copy of the drawing, one square at a time.
Ask the class how many large squares Vincent used.
> vertical x horizontal: 7 (plus a little extra) x 2.5
Continue: Vincent divided the large squares into smaller ones. This grid made it easier to copy the details correctly.
Question: How many squares did he draw in total?
> 5 x 14 = 70, plus 5 narrow strips at the top, which have about the same combined area as one square.
While the worksheets, art paper and other materials are being passed out, discuss the assignment and explain how to use the materials. Use the pencil function on the lower right to fill in the chosen size of each square: for example, 2 x 2 cm or 3 x 3 cm. After drawing the figure in pencil, the pupils can trace over the whole thing in pen and ink or fineliner, including the lines around it. Then they can remove the pencil lines and colour in the figure.
At the end of the lesson, look at the results together. Was this hard or easy? Are the students happy with what they made? You can display the paintings in a prominent place in the classroom or somewhere else in the school.