23 Art Van Gogh Sailboat

Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, highly influenced 20th century art. He struggled with mental illness, and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. Van Gogh died in France on July 29, 1890, at age 37.

  • Van Gogh painting are all about motion.  Show students the pictures above and ask them to describe the motion that they see.

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  • Landscape is preferred by portrait orientation is fine.  The scene shows the perspective of a person looking at a boat while standing on the sand with wind and sky in the background.
  • Students may choose to draw a the picture from a different perspective with more water, choppier water, different colors… but if students feel insecure about changing up the work, this is a good guide.
  • Explain that you are building a picture.  Students will be laying elements to create a rich, color-intense picture.
  • We’ll start with the background.  The first background element about two inches on the bottom of the paper. This is the sand.
  • Students may leave a space between the blue of the water and the sand as Van Gogh chose, either way is fine but it will add an element to the work if they leave a bit of a white space.
  • Next, students will fill in the top with an orange-ish/rust color.  This is to demonstrate the sun setting.
  • Students should add swirls on their orange-ish/rust part.  This is a characteristic of Van Gogh.
  • Add dots to go along with the swirls.  Swirls can also be added to the water.
  • If the student adds a white space they may consider adding blue water color as another element.
  • Finally, students will add a sail boat to their picture using a dark oil pastel.  The sailboat is intended to be off in the distance and not distinct.




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