The Studio - van Gogh Flowers

va Gogh Flowers

Good morning! I hope you all watched the introductory video for The Studio's - Digital Learning. This blog will be the 1st on your Daily Activity sheet, so please join me and my children in creating our first art project - van Gogh Flowers.

First, let me tell you a little bit about Vincent van Gogh. Vincent van Gogh was born March 30, 1853 in the Netherlands (Happy ALMOST birthday van Gogh!). He was a Post - Impressionist painter. Post Impressionism had highly personal meanings and symbolism. It also rejected the depiction of the observed world by connecting with viewers on a deeper level through memories and emotions.

The internally tortured van Gogh threw his soul in each of his paintings. He conveyed his emotional and spiritual state through visible brushstrokes and an opulent, bright canvas of color. His paintings show a strong bond between nature and man; using a beautiful marriage of blues, oranges, greens, yellows. Brilliant and radiant strokes of paint dance across each painting. The rhythm of the colors and shape portray movement and evoke emotion. His gestural and impulsive application of paint became a prominent aspect of subsequent art movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Fauvism. He once said, "real painters do not paint things as they are...they paint them as they themselves feel them to be".

Van Gogh lived a short, depressing life, but created over 900 paintings and 1,100 drawing and sketches, producing masterpieces such as Starry Night, Fourteen Sunflowers in a Vase, and Cafe Terrace at Night. He was not successful as an artist during his lifetime, only selling one painting. However, he is now one of the most popular artists of all time, with his paintings posted on prints, bags, billboards, commercials, tv shows, books, etc.

Next, let's talk a little about our color choices. You can observe complimentary color choices within van Gogh's paintings. Complimentary colors are colors that are across each other on the Color Wheel - red/green, blue/orange, yellow/purple. The colors, when placed around or next to each other compliment one another, making them pop and emphasize the beauty of the color. Portraying our rendition of van Gogh's flowers in a vase, we can use complimentary colors to make the flowers and vase POP! and create a soothing color palette to the eye.

In the video, I explain a little about the colors and the preliminary steps to the project. If you are completing this project with a younger child, drawing the vase my be beneficial to the overall project. If you are creating this as an older child, be creative with your vase and flowers, coming up with different shapes for the petals, adding foliage around the flowers, creating a depth to the vase so the flowers look as if they are coming out of the vase.

Then, for the fun part! You can create a piece with just one set of complimentary colors, or you can choose to do all the pairs of complimentary colors. Either way, remember, this is your picture! Make it your own. That's what gives it a unique, creative project. If you have different shades and tints of the colors you choose, be free to create layers of each color. This is a lovely project to bring color to this rainy day!

If you would like to watch the video on our beginning process, please click on van Gogh Flowers.

Have fun! :o)