15 Sep '13

News Van Gogh: news and teaching resources round up

The thrilling discovery of a full-size Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece in a Norwegian attic has inspired this collection of news and teaching resources

With the news this week of the discovery of a genuine Vincent Van Gogh painting which had been languishing unloved in an Norwegian attic, we pull together the best news stories, teaching resources, videos, interactives and websites to explore the genius of Van Gogh in art and design lessons – and beyond.

From the Guardian

Newly discovered Van Gogh painting kept in Norwegian attic for years
The incredible discovery of Sunset at Montmajour has taken the world by storm. It is the first full-size work by the artist to be discovered since 1928.

Sunset at Montmajour – video
Video of the unveiling of newly discovered work by Van Gogh which was painted around the same time as his Sunflower paintings when he worked in the south of France.

Even great artists have bad days
Guardian critic Jonathan Jones is not a fan of the newly discovered Sunset at Montmajour and wonders how Van Gogh could have painted it in the same summer his genius reached the heady heights of Sunflowers?

Van Gogh's Starry Night is recreated in dominoes – video
This is a fantastic way to introduce the art of Van Gogh. Starry Night is recreated using 7000 dominoes – and when they are knocked down it's an emotional experience rather like watching a firework display. Something to try (on perhaps a smaller scale) in the classroom?

Van Gogh in 3D? A replica could be yours for £22,000
The going rate for an original Van Gogh is £24million but now the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has developed high-quailty 3D reproductions of some of its finest paintings which are almost indistinguishable from the originals. This could lead to some interesting discussions on the value of art.

The Van Gogh mile – video
This gorgeous video walks you through the artist's most celebrated paintings and extracts from his letters.

Beyoncé's Art History: are you ready for this jelly? – in pictures
How closely connected is Beyoncé with Van Gogh, Manet and Titian? Not very, you say? Think again. Tumblr page Beyoncé Art History matches the timeless hits with the priceless daubs, proving that great pop really is for ever...

On the Guardian Teacher Network

Landscape lesson Van Gogh style
This sweet lesson is a fun way to introduce pupils to landscape painting in the style of Van Gogh. Aimed at key stage 2 students, it includes an interactive to create a Van Gogh-inspired landscape on screen plus imaginative worksheets.

Van Gogh self portrait
Why not try creating a self-portrait in the style of Vincent van Gogh? Nice ideas here.

Star trails for a Starry Night
To create a hi-tech interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night look no further than this fantastic resource created by Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Brendan who explains how to stimulated a photographic effect known as 'star trails' which can be used for capturing images of a real night sky.

Colour mixing
For budding Van Goghs, this interactive resources is great way to introduce basic colour theory.

Educational art games
Thanks Mr Sten Canevall, art teacher at Lillholmsskolan Skärholmen in Stockholm for sharing your favourite art games.

Autumn art
For art works with a seasonal feel check out these fab art techniques that can be used to create autumn trees.

Best of the web

National Gallery on Van Gogh
Words of wisdom from the London's National Gallery, in which quite a few Van Gogh's can be viewed including Sunflowers. Take a virtual tour of the gallery and see them in situ here.

Van Gogh gallery
Good reference for information about the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh, including images of his paintings and drawings plus biography and quotes.

The Van Gogh museum
Class trip to Amsterdam anyone?

The Van Gogh Mile
When the Van Gogh museum underwent essential works and some of the artworks moved to a temporary location a short walk away this amazing app was created. The museum opened again in April 2013 but the app is still available and free to download from Googleplay and the Appstore.

Van Gogh art project
This website by an American teacher is nice – great ideas here for a Van Gogh-inspired artwork.

Van Gogh colouring
It's always nice to colour in a masterpiece. Thirty Van Gogh classics to print out and colour.

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