VanGo(gh) Your Class (LS-PL-338)

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“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly’.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Art and emotions

The purpose of this learning scenario is to touch students with art so that they feel different emotions deeply. It is based on various activities ranging from purely admiring art – in the form of paintings and a song created by famous artists, to experiencing the pleasure of creation – students are supposed to recreate art and even to produce a piece of art themselves. They also become critical thinkers when assessing their peers’ works.

Self-portrait’ by Vincent Van Gogh is a starting point for the lesson and it constitutes a recurring theme in the scenario. Students learn about the artist’s life and career and get familiar with his paintings. They are put in an imaginary situation – pretending to be curators they try to give publicity to Van Gogh when he is still a poor man and unknown artist. To do so, PhotoFunia is used. The final stage of the learning scenario includes Europeana’s idea of recreating an artwork known as VanGoYourself.

The course of the lesson is presented by means of Genially. Some other ICT tools are also included to make the learning process more engaging for students: Wordwall for two different kinds of quizzes, PhotoFunia for playing with art, Aggie.io for collaborative painting online in real-time and Padlet – for displaying students’ productions, so that students can feel, for a moment at least, as if they were little Van Goghs themselves.

The lesson may be entirely taught online.

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Rijksmuseum.

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