Vincent van Gogh Picture Study Aid and Art Prints

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Vincent van Gogh Picture Study Aid

Included in this 32-page Vincent van Gogh Picture Study Aid (see a sample Picture Study Aid here!) is the following:

  • a brief summary of the childhood of Dutch, post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
  • a synopsis of seven of his works (see right).
  • resources for additional reading can be found in the Living Art Book Archive.
  • printable versions of the pieces covered (only in the PDF version).
  • a brief discussion about Charlotte Mason’s ideas and methods for implementing picture study at different ages is also included.
  • the printed book, which is saddle-stitched with high-quality, 100-lb., smooth paper and full color, includes a full-sized self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh at the end.

There is also an option to order separate, professionally-printed copies of each piece for use during your picture study time in the drop-down menu below as well. These are printed on durable, heavyweight coverstock with a smooth finish on 8.5×11-inch, acid-free paper and display beautifully. Please note that the extra set of prints does not include the Picture Study Aid PDF download – this is a separate purchase.

You can see an example of how picture study is done with Vincent van Gogh’s “The Bedroom” here.

The pieces discussed* are:

  • The Potato Eaters (1885)
  • The Night Cafe (1888)
  • Sunflowers (or “Vase with Twelve Sunflowers”) (1888)
  • Bedroom at Arles (1889)
  • The Starry Night (1889)
  • First Steps (1890)
  • The Church at Auvers (1890)

*AmblesideOnline users, please note that these are not all the same pieces as those selected for the AmblesideOnline artist rotation.

[Read More About Vincent van Gogh Here]

The intention of this Vincent van Gogh Picture Study Aid is to equip the home educator with some basic facts and understanding of a sampling of the work of the post-impressionist, Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis or study of each piece or a complete biography of the artist.

About picture study, Ms. Mason recommended keeping learning as simple as possible, especially in the younger years, and put extra emphasis on the images by themselves.

There is no talk about schools of painting, little about style; consideration of these matters comes in later life, the first and most important thing is to know the pictures themselves. As in a worthy book we leave the author to tell his own tale, so do we trust a picture to tell its tale through the medium the artist gave it. In the region of art as else-where we shut out the middleman. (vol 6 pg 216)

Definite teaching is out of the question; suitable ideas are easily given, and a thoughtful love of Art inspired by simple natural talk over the picture at which the child is looking. (PR Article “Picture Talks”)

…we begin now to understand that art is not to be approached by such an acadamised road. It is of the spirit, and in ways of the spirit must we make our attempt. We recognise that the power of appreciating art and of producing to some extent an interpretation of what one sees is as universal as intelligence, imagination, nay, speech, the power of producing words. But there must be knowledge and, in the first place, not the technical knowledge of how to produce, but some reverent knowledge of what has been produced; that is, children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, by reading, not books, but pictures themselves. A friendly picture-dealer supplies us with half a dozen beautiful little reproductions of the work of some single artist, term by term. After a short story of the artist’s life and a few sympathetic words about his trees or his skies, his river-paths or his figures, the little pictures are studied one at a time; that is, children learn, not merely to see a picture but to look at it, taking in every detail.” (vol 6 pg 214)

This Vincent van Gogh Picture Study Aid is meant to offer basic information about the artists as well as ready answers should your student ask about a particular aspect of a piece and the explanation isn’t readily evident. Ms. Mason emphasized not focusing on strict academic discourse when doing picture study, but rather simply exposing students to the art itself:

His education should furnish him with whole galleries of mental pictures, pictures by great artists old and new;––…––in fact, every child should leave school with at least a couple of hundred pictures by great masters hanging permanently in the halls of his imagination, to say nothing of great buildings, sculpture, beauty of form and colour in things he sees. Perhaps we might secure at least a hundred lovely landscapes too,––sunsets, cloudscapes, starlight nights. At any rate he should go forth well furnished because imagination has the property of magical expansion, the more it holds the more it will hold. (vol 6 pg 43)

55 reviews for Vincent van Gogh Picture Study Aid and Art Prints

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  1. These prints are great. I can’t wait to use them this coming year with my kids.

  2. I am so thankful Rebecca makes these picture studies. What a blessing they have been to our family. The print quality is fantastic, and the full page art makes seeing the details so much easier. I appreciate the guide Rebecca also puts together for each artist. I’ve learned quite a lot alongside my daughter.

  3. Such a wonderful art study. Perfect for our homeschool year.

  4. Love the art prints!

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