Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Hi Art Families:

Welcome to our first edition of online artistry. Yes!! We can do this! I am not worried at all. I will provide the fun project and you just spend the time at home working on it ( your pj's is even more fun). The best part about this is that there are no time restrictions and if you need supplies, I have them! I can set up a supplies package for you to grab at your convienience.

SO! Let's talk about post impressionism and then let's compare it to Impressionism. When was the Post-Impressionism movement? Where did it take place? Who were the artists that were involved?

The Venn diagram below is geared more toward my older students. We used this diagram when we were looking at the differences between Rococo and Baroque art movements. Now I would like to talk about the similarities and differences of the Post-Impressionism and Impressionism art movements. Post-Impressionism was a French art movement in the late 1800's to early 1900's; to be to be exact 1886-1905. During this art movement we study artists like van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, and Georges Seurat. These artist were against the ideas of Impressionists, which were to study the fleeting effects of light. They developed their own ideas of painting with a more symbolistic approach and bold line. They both however, used techniques that made a composition look more artificial. Below is a link to the painting Woman with a Parasol it is a Google link that talks about the painting I would like my students to look at the image and compare it to the Paul Cezanne painting Mt. Sainte-Victoire in the video below. Please watch the Khan Academy video on Paul Cezanne's work it discusses the artist's technique and how it relates to the Post-Impressionism art movement.

video is the TICE Art video put out by Khan Academy. I like this video it is fun to watch. It discusses Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

5-8th Grade

I would like the 5-8th grade students to work on a lesson inspired by Paul Cezzane. He contributed to the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism art movement like Monet and van Gogh. His technique and style changed over time and it created an impact on these art movements as he explored his subject matter and how he perceived it on canvas. For example, he used thick paint application and thick defined brush strokes however, overtime he developed this style using bold lines, angles and unique perspectives.These techniques help to inspire the Cubists of the more modern movements.

For this Project:

  1. Crayon or oil pastel if you have it

  2. White or light colored construction paper

  3. Green, white, black, yellow, red, blue, purple paint

  4. Flat paint brush

  5. Piece of cardboard or old gift card

  6. Wet towel

  7. Chalk pastels if you have it

I would like the students to watch this short video about Cezanne's, Mont Sainte-Victoire painting and then use this image to create a painting of our own mountain.

2-4th Grade Gauguin Landscape - Book- The Color of the Night by Helene Kerillis ( I ordered this book from Amazon Prime. I can take some pics to share some of the pages or do a quick reading to share:)

Materials needed: resourceful, try to use things around the house. However, if you use watercolor instead of acrylic paints use watercolor paper. You can also use washable markers and water to blend colors.

White construction paper

Black crayon or oil pastel

Acrylic paints or regular washable paints

Broad brush

Black paint or black glitter glue for outlining

Small round brush if painting the outline

This lesson covers Paul Gauguin. Gauguin was a painter of the post impressionistic era who loved to paint with bright colors, bold lines and exaggerated the body parts of his subjects. He was passionate about the Polynesian culture. He lived between France and Tahiti studying his style with the native peoples and not with the Europeans who sought to westernize the Island. He painted subjects of the native culture, specifically young women. He spent his time traveling back and forth from France to French Polynesia to sell and create works. He did not sell much because buyers were not sure what to think of his style. Below is a picture of his painting Cat Toru Potii.

My opinion: I love this artists work. His bold use of color always made me feel happy. I love how the colors are pure and highly saturated. Kids! Keep this in mind when creating your masterpieces. I would love to see bold use of color. I would love you to create your foreground, middle ground, and background with bold use of color. This should be fun. Create TINTS and SHADES of color by adding dabs of white and black in your colors. My video shows how to do this. When you are done with the painting portion, please outline your landscape using black paint or black glitter glue. It will really make you paintings pop! We see this style a lot in Post-Impressionism.

Paul Gauguin. (2019, April 13). Retrieved March 21, 2020, from

Now for my youngsters!!! K-1 Vincent vanGogh's Flowers

Materials needed:

White construction paper

Assortment of colored papers (you could use colorful magazines too)

Tempera paints or paint sticks or puck tempera paints

Water containers and paint brushes



As far as the history is concerned, I would like would like the students to learn that Vincent van Gogh was a man who loved to paint. In 10 years he created 2,100 paintings and he only sold one. He was so passionate about his paintings that he sometimes did not eat. He moved to Paris with his youngest brother Theo ( who he loved so much) and he met several other artists with whom he developed relationships. These are pretty simple facts that small children may remember about Vincent and if you want more refer to my past blogs to learn more about Vincent van Gogh. (Go to click on the Eagle River Homeschool tab and scroll down to Oct 31, 2018 post "The Little Artist Guide to van Gogh". I cover his history quite extensively there and have another really cute and fun Alaska-style van Gogh project that I did with my students.

Now for the art skills:

You know that I am all about the cutting at this age. So paper projects are awesome for learning. We will draw and cut the vase, flowers and stems for this project. We will also learn about symmetry here. We will learn that by folding the paper in half, whatever we draw on that folded half will be symmetrical or equal on the other side of the page. So we get to practice and learn that also we will learn FOREGROUND, MIDDLE GROUND, AND BACKGROUND. I want the kids to be able to use the five elements of shape to choose a background design. Remind them that those elements are: Straight lines, curvy lines, angle lines, circles and dots. They can use any of those designs on their backgrounds. Please watch the video to follow the steps to the project. Let me know if there are any questions! I am here to help!

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