In his letters he talked about why he painted the picture and he also talked about the use of color and what the colors represent. I would like to discuss this because its important when understanding vanGogh's work. Hey there! I hope you all had a good week. I hope you are coming along with your projects that I sent out? Parents please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. I can always set up a Zoom meeting for those of you who would like to speak to me via video chat. It's really been a great tool to use during our personal time at home.
Moving on to this week. I really wanted to pick a super simple and fun project which kind of spidered out into this potentially perplex project (PPP). We will call this the PPP. My learning objective started at looking at vanGogh's painting of The Bedroom, 1888 in Arles, France. He created three of these works. The original, which is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the second is almost identical and is in the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois and the third was painted on a smaller canvas and was given as a gift to vanGogh's mother and sister. I clipped this image from the internet for you all to see it but, the actual painting has different colors. Please check out the link below for the history, facts and images. https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0047V1962
This painting is of his room with his own paintings on the walls. Do you see them there on the right side of the wall?
I wanted to students to see how he took subject matter that he had available to him to create works of art (kind of like we have to do while we sit at home). This painting was created in his home in Arles, France and was created because this was the artists first home that he owned. As I was recreating the work of art I discovered the potential for a lesson on perspective which is always fun to play with and you really do NOT need a lot of supplies to create really cool drawings.Even Youngsters can do it with crayons or markers. It can get a little technical so if you are teaching the youngsters(K-2) I would make it super simple and skip all the technical measuring and just draw the basic shapes. See what they come up with!
So, I grabbed my mechanical pencil, eraser, and straightedge (ruler) to start making room art! Now, I stress that you really do NOT need a lot of supplies to create these works of art. I will go over the basic tools in the video lesson but, if you have them you could take this project or (PPP) further and use a variety of mediums like: Charcoal sticks, pen & ink, crayons, oil pastels, watercolor, or paint! Take this as far as you want to! This is seriously fun for all of you future architects and interior designers.
Let's talk about vanGogh a little more. We learned that the drawing above was a sketch of his painting that he sent to his friend Paul Gauguin (pssst. we learned about him last week right?!?!) and the sketch below was in a letter to his brother Theo. I love the sketches in these letters. Could you imagine opening a letter from a friend to find a beautiful sketch such as these?
In his letters he talked about why he painted the picture and he also talked about the use of color and what the colors represent. I would like to discuss this because its important when understanding vanGogh's work. vanGogh was a troubled person who suffered from mental illness (see my previous blog from 2018 called The Little Artists Guide to Van Gogh to learn a little more). The colors that he used in this painting were CONTRASTING (opposite the color wheel). For example, he used violet for the walls and tiles and yellow colors for the furniture. These colors were meant to have a tranquil feel. You see the green of the chair cushion covers and the sheets were actually a very pale lime green. The red in the bedding and table complimented those greens creating an appealing aesthetic look. If you look at the color wheel that I downloaded from FormsBird.com you can see that colors that are opposite the color wheel are compliments. So those violet and yellow colors, the red and green and orange and blues are all complimentary colors. Can you see any other colors in vanGogh's painting? He wanted the simplicity of the room and the visually appealing colors to have a calming feel on it's occupant. He said, “I wanted to express absolute repose with these different colours”. vanGogh
Stanska, B. Z. (2018, June 9). The Story of Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom And Its Three Versions. Retrieved from https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/vincent-van-goghs-bedroom/
The Project: Design your own room using one point perspective ***For my little ones use the theory and take out the straightedge. *****
Straight Edge (ruler)
Optional: These are the tools that you can use to color the final room drawing