Continue with us as we explore fine art and famous artists this summer as part of the Summer Family Fun Series. This week, let’s have a closer look at Vincent Van Gogh. Here’s one of many of his self portraits… you’ll note that he doesn’t smile in portraits.

Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh

His biography details a lonely and short lived life but his legacy shall live on forever.  Click on the image for additional facts about Vincent Van Gogh and continue below for more ways to bring this master artists to life today.

Do you remember Make Van Gogh’s Bed from last week’s Summer Family Fun article?  This fun story features textures for children to touch in the artwork and features two of Van Gogh’s famous artworks: “Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Aries” and “The Starry Night”.  And while speaking of touching art, here’s a free interactive “Touch Van Gogh” app to get behind the scenes in the featured painting. Below, check out the video tribute to Van Gogh – it is beautiful and showcases the lyrics for “Starry Starry Night” to honor “The Starry Night” painting and his amazing talent.

A very clever resource is Who Can Save Vincent’s Hidden Treasure? featuring a unique way for children to explore Van Gogh’s art. The book comes with a decoder, letters to his brother, Theo and map for an adventure back in time to explore Van Gogh’s world and studio.

Click here for an interactive kid-friendly informative tool.  Learn about his drawings and technique. For a little nonsense fun, check out this little game.  And for something a bit more engaging… try this online puzzle of “The Starry Night”.

This post was not sponsored. The ideas and opinions expressed herein are strictly mine own.

Van Gogh Hidden Treasure pic

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  • July 11, 2014 at 5:07 am

    There are some lyrics that just stick in your head and never go away – and that is a song from my childhood.

    • July 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I’m learning so much in building these posts… I hadn’t actually heard it before but love it now that I did.

  • July 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    This is so awesome. I love that you are educating and having fun at the same time!

    • July 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      It’s the only way, right? Otherwise we lose their attention and then lose our patience. lol Hope you find the links helpful.

  • July 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    what a cool app! Thanks for sharing the kid friendly links too

    • July 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      I love blending technology in with playtime and learning… it really enhances the experience.

  • July 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Love this! As a former professional artist, I love anything that teaches my kids about it.

    • July 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      My husband is an artist too… what sort of art did you do? And do you still make time for it now? We love all the various resources available for teaching art, especially since it is such a large part of our family.

  • July 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    What a great app! I didn’t know there was so much to do based around one artist. What a wonderful way to engage a child who loves art.

    • July 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you. It is amazing how many resources are available and the power of offering two or three at a time to really enhance the experience. Enjoy.

  • July 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    My kid loves Van Gogh. We have to check out this app so that we can get our art on!

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