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Online Extras / September 2016 | Arts & Activities
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Online Extras / September 2016


Additional Links for September 2016

Yearlong Art II Curriculum: Where the Technical Meets the Creative / Lesson 1 of 10 “The Art of Portraiture” (page 18)

Lesson Plan #1 of 10

A&A Art Print: Vincent van Gogh, “Wheafield with Cypresses” (page 23-26)

Earth Science
In both The Starry night and Wheatfield with Cypresses, more than half the canvasses are areas of sky. The swirls of light, the clouds, the stars have some basis in science, even though it is not known that van Gogh was making a deliberate scientific study. Check out the astronomy, meteorology, and more as identified in this TED Video: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-unexpected-math-behind-van-gogh-s-starry-night-natalya-st-clair

Language Arts
The wheatfields depicted by Vincent van Gogh have a mottled yellow-gold color. In her 1893 poem, “Pike’s Peak,” Katharine Lee Bates described the wheat fields of Colorado as “amber waves of grain.” That poem later became the lyrics to the song, “America the Beautiful.” Learn more about her at: http://www.biography.com/people/katharine-lee-bates-21181439

Observation and Inquiry
Some people view “Wheatfield with Cypresses” as a daylight version of “The Starry Night,” which was painted in the same year (1889) while van Gogh was in residence at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy, in southern France. Compare similarities and differences in the two works with your students.



The song, “Starry Starry Night” by Don McLean touches on some of van Gogh’s struggles with mental illness. It is a lovely tribute to a powerful painter. The lines from the song, “Swirling clouds in violet haze / Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue / Colors changing hue Morning fields of amber grain” seem to describe this painting more than “The Starry Night itself.” Share this YouTube video featuring Don McLean’s song “Starry Night” and a variety of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, go to: https://youtu.be/oxHnRfhDmrk

For full written lyrics to the song, go to: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/donmclean/vincentstarrystarrynight.html

Try Try Again
Some subjects are worth exploring over and over. Vincent van Gogh created three versions of Wheatfields with Cypresses, and made at least one ink drawing (sent in a letter to his brother, Theo) with a very similar composition.


Wheatfield and Cypresses, 1889. Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Public domain. Link: http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436535



Wheatfield and Cypresses, 1889. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London. Public domain. Link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_van_Gogh_Wheat_Field_with_Cypresses_(National_Gallery_version).jpg



Wheatfield with Cypresses, Saint-Rémy, September 1889. Oil on canvas. Private Collection. Public domain. LINK:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Van_Gogh_Weizenfeld_mit_Zypressen4.jpeg



Drawing, Saint-Rémy: June, 1889. Black chalk and pen. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Public domain. Link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Van_Gogh_Weizenfeld_mit_Zypressen2.jpeg

Learn more about “ The Starry Night”:

Mental Floss
11 things you might not know about “The Starry Night”: http://mentalfloss.com/article/62621/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-starry-night

View more of Bruce Bodden’s art work:

Triangulating with Libs: Celebrating Diverstiy and Community  (page 28)
View more of Libs Elliott’s quilts:

Stencil Chalk Designs  (page 31)
CLICK HERE to Download diagram

Discover the Power to Create Positive Change Through Art (page 32)
Learn more about the Art Effect Project:

Positive Affirmations … Great for Everyone (page 34)
Links to resources and essential concepts:

1. Bucket Filling: http://bucketfillers101.com/team-cmccloud.php

2. Grit: http://ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance

3. Human Behavior/New Habits: http://jamesclear.com/new-habit

4. The Kindness Center: http://www.michaeljchase.com/the-kindness-center

5. Logotherapy/Man’s Search for Meaning: http://www.logotherapyinstitute.org/About_Viktor_Frankl.html

6. Mindset: http://mindsetonline.com/abouttheauthor/

7. “Raktivists” (Random Acts of Kindness): http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/about-us




Photos of school admistrators (TOP), students, and students with their families “wearing” their affirmation cut-outs:


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