Lesson Plan

Van Gogh’s Self-Portraits

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Scholars get to know famous Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, as an artist as well as a person. After reading personal letters and analyzing paintings, participants paint two self-portraits that represent their personality. Then, write a letter that describes the painting and how the work describes their character.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • Display finished products around the classroom for Open House or Back to School Night 
  • If applicable, coordinate the lesson with the school's art teacher—discuss the opportunity to team-teach and align the subject with the art's curriculum
  • For learners that speak a second language, invite them to write their letter in that language 
Classroom Considerations
  • A plethora of materials are required—contact the art teacher for supplies if possible 
  • The plan's activity is clearly described in five steps 
  • One extension is provided
  • The lesson begins with a warm-up question that encourages critical thinking 
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