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loving-vincent-shop-1398331843If you do nothing else today you HAVE to watch this film trailer.   I’ve been seeing a short video on Facebook the last few days promoting a new film about Vincent Van Gogh.  It  is and animated film about his life being made entirely using paintings in his swirling-choppy style and based on his letters.  It is AMAZING!

You  must watch this short video about the film…..and then watch the trailer for the film here.  The things they can do with art and film is unbelievable.  I can’t wait to see the completed film.

 

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48216619.cachedOur fascination with Vincent Van Gogh will never end.  We love his work and are always interested to read new ideas and theories surrounding his life and work.  Here’s the latest concerning clues to his suicide.

220px-Van_Gogh_Self-Portrait_with_Straw_Hat_1887-Metropolitan“Dutch chemical engineer Rene van Slooten came up with the hypothesis this year after watching a television documentary about the artist. A Dutch actor was talking about a painting of Van Gogh’s house in Arles and noted that the street had been broken up because Van Gogh was having gas lighting installed. “That’s when the alarm bells started going off for me,” Van Slooten recalls.”  Click here and read the story in The Daily Beast.

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Van Gogh, Coquelicots et papillons, 1890

Van Gogh, Coquelicots et papillons, 1890

Yesterday was the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh in 1853.  I didn’t want to let the day pass without recognizing him.  While he never achieved fame during his lifetime for his paintings, now almost everyone recognizes his works…and they are quite amazing.  Click on this link to enjoy his many paintings.

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Art Campers & Van Gogh

Art Campers & Van Gogh

Art Campers Take a Break

Art Campers Take a Break

My youngest group of Art Campers, ages 5-7, painted a wonderful copy of “Van Gogh’s Sprig of Almond” and what an amazing job they did!

Good work everyone.  And many thanks to my student Logan who came in to work as my assistant with this young group.  She was terrific at everything from mixing paint to opening water bottles at break!  🙂

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New York Times photo

New York Times photo

After being considered a fake for almost 100 years this painting has been declared authentic.  Exciting news for art lovers and especially Van Gogh enthusiasts.  You can read more about it in this New York TImes article.

The value is probably tens of millions of dollars.  It will be exciting to see what happens with this one.  Hopefully it will end up somewhere where we  can see it in person rather than in a private collection hidden away.  Guess we will just have to wait and see.

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"Van Gogh's Chair"

“Van Gogh’s Chair”

Tanner concentrating on her work

Tanner concentrating on her work

Conner and Brigid putting on some final touches

Conner and Brigid putting on some final touches

A really nice thank you note

A really nice thank you note

We wrapped up the last day of Art Camp with Van Gogh’s Chair.  The young artists painted a large version and did a fabulous job.  This was a delightful group of kids who are really good painters.

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Art Campers Paint Van Gogh

Art Campers Paint Van Gogh

Yesterday’s Art Campers painted a beautiful Van Gogh painting.  We learned more about color mixing and blending colors.  GREAT JOB!

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Art Camp Session 2 Day 2 - 1Yesterday the young painters at Art Camp did this fabulous Vincent Van Gogh painting.  We discussed Van Gogh and his interesting history and family.  And didn’t these girls do a stunning job recreating Van Gogh’s chair!?!  I really enjoyed this session of camp with these girls.  They are all very good painters and interested in art and the process.  Great work!

Next week Art Camp continues with young artists age 8-13 studying Impressionism and painters like Monet, Degas and Renoir.  This particular week is full but there are others available if you have young painters interested in having fun with art this summer.  See the schedule here.

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vangogh_sunflowers1888Much has been written about the mental state of Vincent Van Gogh.  It’s been proposed that he had paint poisoning, schizophrenia, syphilis, or bipolar disorder.  Any of these can account for the periods of mania followed by deep depression that he suffered.  Whatever it may have been, surely had he lived in our time he could have enjoyed a cure.  But what would that have meant?  Would he still have produced the multitudes of beautiful art that he gave us?

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220px-Van_Gogh_Self-Portrait_with_Straw_Hat_1887-MetropolitanBorn on March 30, 1853, Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist who didn’t paint until his late twenties but produced more than 860 oil paintings, as well as several thousand drawings and watercolors before he died of a gunshot wound at the age of 37.  And while his bright, colorful, energetic work was not appreciated by the art world and collectors during his lifetime, he is now one of the most recognizable artists in history. 

Art Camp Week1 Day Five Van GoghOf all the paintings by famous artists that I have done with my kids classes and at Art Camp the one, by far, that the kids know and want to paint is Starry Night

Van Gogh’s brother, Theo, who was an art dealer, supported him throughout his life.  Theo died six months after Vincent.  Theo’s wife, Johanna, inherited the bulk of Vincent’s paintings and it was she who promoted his work after his death and because of her constant promotion, we know Vincent Van Gogh today as the wonderful painter he was.  f_0671One of my favorite Van Gogh paintings, Blossoming Almond Tree, is one that his family cherished.  Van Gogh painted this piece as a gift to his brother’s newborn baby.  Vincent was deeply moved when they name the baby Vincent. It is an excellent example of the Japanese influence in art that he admired.

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