Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands on March 30, 1853. He tried a variety of different jobs but never found success at any of them–including painting. In spite of this, he produced more than 2,000 works of art in his lifetime. Van Gogh died in France on July 29, 1890. He is now one of the world’s most famous artists and even if your children haven’t studied him they can probably recognize some of his most famous works.
There are some wonderful books on Van Gogh geared toward children! Some of our favorites are:
- Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars
- Camille and the Sunflowers
- Van Gogh (from the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists series)
After you’ve learned a bit about Van Gogh, you might want to try some art projects! It’s fun to try a new kind of paint or a different medium, but don’t get so concerned about being authentic that you don’t have a good time. It’s okay to substitute materials, especially when you’re working with young kids. I definitely wasn’t going to spend the money (or clean up the resulting mess) to have my three year old try her hand at oil painting, so we used oil pastels instead. Focus on the style of the artist and talk about supplies they actually and enjoy yourselves, even if you aren’t making your masterpiece exactly like Van Gogh would have! Why not give one of these projects a try at your next tea time?
If you want to have something for your child’s notebook, try this notebooking page!