Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch Post-Impressionist Artist, is the focus of this collection of free art lesson plans and resources. Several of these resources require only limited preparation, and items from around the house. Others may require a trip to the art store.
Vincent van Gogh Biographies for Kids
Begin by reading about the artist.
Hey Kids, Meet Vincent van Gogh – Vincent van Gogh was born on March, 30th 1853 in a village in the southern Netherlands, to Theodorus van Gogh, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. Vincent’s sister described him as a serious and introspective child… (click link to continue reading)
Vincent Van Gogh – Vincent Van Gogh (van GO)* was born in the Netherlands. When he was 27 years old, he taught himself how to paint. His brother, Theo, was an art dealer. He recognized Vincent’s talent and encouraged him and supported him financially. He introduced him to famous artists who influenced him. Some of his earlier paintings were done in watercolor. Then he started using oil paints. Sometimes he would squeeze the paint directly on the canvas and work with it there… (click link to continue reading)
Free Lesson Plans
Introduce your students to Vincent van Gogh with these fun-filled lesson plans.
Van Gogh’s Painting Style– Students will identify and apply painting skills used by Vincent Van Gogh in his major works of art. They will reproduce his most famous work, Starry, Starry Night. Grade Level: 4-6
Sunflower Measuring and Counting – Primary grade students will count and measure sunflowers in this math focused lesson. As they do they will have an opportunity to experience one of Vincent van Gogh’s greatest works. Grade Level 1-2
Vincent van Gogh Cookies – Create an art masterpiece in you kitchen. Bake a batch of your favorite sugar cookies, and then turn them into a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece. Grade Level: 3-8
Free Printable Lesson Resources
Print and teach. The following lesson resources make it that easy.
Starry, Starry Night Coloring Page – Art masterpiece coloring pages provide children with an opportunity to interact with a piece of art in a very concentrated way. Not only do they look at the masterpiece, they become involved with it. This involvement with the artwork will, as a result, leave a much more lasting impression of the artwork, and possibly a greater appreciation for art in general. Grade Level: 2-6
Free Word Search Worksheet – Review what your kids have learned with a free printable word search worksheet. This worksheet is designed to enhance your child’s reading skills as well as drill facts about Vincent van Gogh. Grade Level: 3-8
Vincent van Gogh “Quotes”
Get to know the man behind the art with quotes from the artist.
“A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”
“An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.”