1. History of artFirst Year- 1-12- 3 single classes- (40minutes)Study of the life and work ofVincent Van Gogh
2. My main aim in this scheme was to find a videopiece about Van Gogh that was interestingenough to keep the attention of my class. Ilinked in their previous study of painting andpointillism with this art history class on the lifeand work of Van Gogh. They also made paintingsby Van Gogh on glass and 3D relief to extendtheir studies after art history.
3. 1 Develop an insight into the artist Van Goghby learning about how and why he made hispaintings.2 Observe the routines and pace which VanGogh worked.3. Understand the motivations of the artistmaking work which at the time had nomonetary value.4. Appreciate the qualities that people today seein the work and its enormous commercial valuein the art world.Aims for the Scheme
4. I found a great documentary by a painter named PhilSavenick. He travelled to Arles to connect with thespirit of Van Gogh and make paintings there.
5. The name of the documentary was Van Gogh Adventure:Vincents Ghost and Me. I felt this could help students connecttheir own making of paintings with Van Gogh, just as thenarrator was doing in the documentary.
6. Here are some of the ideas which I felt wereimportant in the film as expressed by the narrator.These ideas fitted well within the aims for mylesson.He painted twice within the film. In the beginning ofthe film he painted at the reconstructed drawbridgewhich Vincent painted in the town of Arles.At the end, he painted the sunflowers planted in thefield in front of Vincents room where he stayed atthe Saint Remy asylum. These personal connectionswere important for the students to witness in myopinion.
7. He explored the work made by Van Gogh in theyellow house which he shared with the painterPaul Gauguin. He also described what it was liketo live there and the relationship between himand Gauguin. The yellow house does not existanymore as it was blown up during WWIIHe explored the work made by Van Gogh in theasylum at Saint Remy. As his room still exists, thenarrator gives us a glimpse inside and describeswhat it must have been like for him to live there.
8. The narrator used a lot of first hand accounts ofwhat Vincent was thinking and feeling from hisletters to his brother Theo.The narrator also provided reasons as to whyVincent painted and tries to give us an insightinto what he saw and felt and what is expressedin the paintings.
9. From these ideas, the students had a context of when and how someof his paintings were made. They discovered that he made sevensunflower paintings all together which were made in the yellow housein the summer of 1888 and the winter of 1889.
10. They learned that while at Saint Remy hepainted The Irises, Starry Night, The AlmondBranches, and The Olive Trees among manyothers. He also painted the outside views of theenclosed garden from his window.
11. The Irises- 1890
12. Starry Night- 1889
13. The Almond Branches- 1890
14. The Olive Trees- 1889
15. Learning OutcomesTHE STUDENTS WOULD: Discover about the life of Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin in the yellow house, Learn about the kinds of work Van Gogh made in the yellow house. Interpret their views of the reasons Van Gogh and Gauguin parted ways. Find out about what Vincents cell looked like in Saint Remy and the paintings he madethere. Explore why Vincent made his paintings. Investigate the qualities of his paintings. Look at the discoveries made by the narrator through the places he visits connected toVincent like the reconstructed drawbridge at Arles. Look at the connections and symbolic meanings the narrator made between his life andthe spirit of Van Gogh Revise their study of pointillism and its connection with post impressionism and thestyle of Van Goghs paintings.
16. Methods and Resources Used/ Account of Assessment I gathered students around the whiteboard. They watched the video in three partsand each student was given a question before each part was played. There weresixty test your knowledge questions in total which I compiled based on the video. I went through the questions and answers after each part. I informed the students there would be a quiz on the video/ colour theory andpointillism with prizes for the winners. I rewarded all the students with a smaller prize of chocolate for taking part in thequiz. I divided the students into a group of three and the students were given a set ofthirty questions. Students wrote the answers and handed them up to me to becorrected. In the next class, I gave the winners of the quiz a wallet folder as a prize whichcould be used for keeping their notes. Then I went through the answers to the quiz with students.Provision for Special Needs: Students worked together as a team in the quiz whichhelped reinforce their learning if they did not know some of the answers and otherstudents did.
17. Evaluation of the Delivery of LessonsI felt the lesson content was interesting for students. Theyenjoyed watching the film. I think the quiz gripped theirimagination so I would definitely consider using that as aresource in the classroom to help motivate student learning. IfI were doing the lesson again, I would leave some of thequestions regarding figures out as these were too difficult toremember. I would also consider using an essay approachwhere students can express some of their thoughts andopinions about the life and work of Van Gogh.