General learning objectives
- The lesson will introduce the class to Vincent van Gogh and one of his most famous paintings.
- By looking closely at details, the children will discover what makes five modified versions of The Yellow House different from the original.
No materials needed.
1. Have the children work separately or in pairs. For each modified version, they can write down the difference from the original. Afterwards, you can see who has the most correct answers.
2. Combine this lesson with another one about the same painting: 'Find the five differences: The Yellow House (1)' or 'A painting in eleven words'.
3. After talking about the last difference, discuss whether the changes affected the mood or atmosphere of the painting. Which difference made the painting seem very different? And is it really OK to change a work of art, making it different from the artist's original idea or creation?
This painting from 1888 shows the yellow house that Vincent rented in the southern French city of Arles, in a square called Place Lamartine. In that house, he painted famous works of art such as The Bedroom and Sunflowers.