In deze les zitten 14 slides, met interactieve quizzen en tekstslides.
Lesduur is: 10 min
A short presentation about Vincent van Gogh, for use as an introduction to other lessons about the artist or his work.
General learning objectives:
- The students will be introduced to Vincent van Gogh and several of his famous paintings.
- No special materials required.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is one of just fifty topics included in the official Canon of Dutch History. These days, people from all over the world go to the Van Gogh Museum to see his paintings. In his own day, very few people appreciated his work. Vincent made about 900 paintings but only sold a small number of them. His brother Theo had a good job as an art dealer in Paris and sent money every month for Vincent to live on. In exchange, Vincent sent almost all his paintings and drawings to Theo. He also sent letters – lots of letters. Many of these letters have been preserved, so we know a great deal about Vincent's life and work.
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Slide 1 - Tekstslide
Story: In a moment, I'll show you a picture of a famous Dutch person. If you know who he is, don't say his name yet.
Slide 2 - Tekstslide
Display the picture for about five seconds.
Self-Portrait as a Painter, 1887-1888.
Who is this man?
Rembrandt van Rijn
Vincent van Gogh
Slide 3 - Quizvraag
Ask the group to answer this quiz question.
Slide 4 - Tekstslide
Now have the students look at the painting more closely.
- When a painter makes a portrait of himself, what do you call it?
- Do you see any clues in the painting that tell us it was made by Vincent van Gogh?
> Vincent's signature – he signed his name on the painting.
Slide 5 - Tekstslide
- What painting materials do you see?
> Brushes, a palette with paint, jars for oil and turpentine, an easel, and a canvas
- We see the back of the canvas on which Vincent is painting. What do you think he might be painting?
> His self-portrait!
How long do you think Vincent worked as an artist?
Slide 6 - Quizvraag
Ask the group to answer this quiz question. Depending on the group, you may wish to talk about other things that happened around these dates: Vincent was born on 30 March 1853 and died on 29 July 1890. He decided to become an artist in 1880.
Slide 7 - Tekstslide
Story: This is a very famous painting that Vincent made in the Netherlands. It's called The Potato Eaters. Can you see that Vincent mostly used dark colours? By this time he had been painting for five years, but not many people liked his work...
The Potato Eaters, 1885
Slide 8 - Tekstslide
Story: Vincent's brother Theo lived in Paris, France. When Vincent went to live with Theo for a while, he noticed that French painters had a very different style from his. For one thing, they used a lot more colour. Vincent learned a lot from that experience and started to make his own paintings more colourful.
Boulevard de Clichy, 1887
Slide 9 - Tekstslide
Story: After Vincent left Paris, he went to live in the south of France, in the city of Arles. There he rented a yellow house with green shutters. His brother Theo supported him. He gave Vincent enough money to live in the yellow house, buy food, and spend his time painting.
The Yellow House, 1888
Slide 10 - Tekstslide
Story: In the yellow house, Vincent made a couple of paintings that may be his most famous works. They show vases of sunflowers. But in Vincent's day, not many people appreciated his work.
Story: After Vincent started to feel a bit better, he went to live in a small village near Paris. There he went on walks through the fields, like the wheatfield in this famous painting. But Vincent still found life difficult. One summer day in July, he decided that he wanted to end his life. He was thirty-seven years old, and he never knew that one day he would be world-famous.
Wheatfield with crows, 1890
How many paintings do you think Vincent made in total? About...
Slide 13 - Quizvraag
Remind the group of Vincent's short career as an artist (ten years) and have them answer the quiz question.
When you reveal the right answer, you can add that Vincent made more than 1,000 drawings in that same period.
Then you can go on to a lesson on a special topic in Vincent's life or work.