Children learn about Vincent Van Gogh and the other great artists of the Post-Impressionist period with this imaginative and colorful book. Vibrant illustrations throughout the book include many famous paintings, as well as many photographs of the artists. Kids journey from the Netherlands to Paris to southern France as they learn about van Gogh’s friendships with four other like-minded painters who admired but were determined to depart from Impressionism: Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Aspiring artists and history buffs learn not only how these Post-Impressionists’ daring shapes, colors, and techniques distinguished their work from what was painted before but also how the men helped one another and whether or not they always got along.
Twenty-one creative projects bring history and art to life. The text includes a time line, glossary, and reading list for further study. Included are activities such as:
- Starry Night peep box
- create your own self portrait
- make a Pointillist sailboat (that can really sail!)
- craft a Japanese fold-out album
- …and many more inventive, child-centered activities.