A dramatized autobiography of the artist Vincent van Gogh talking about his work. He talks about how he drew and painted farmers and people who worked on the land in Holland, using dark colours to represent the gloominess of their labour. After moving to France he began to paint using brighter colours, drawing the landscapes and using nature as an inspiration for his work. Painting at particular times of day meant he was reliant on the light available and so he started to paint using quick strokes, using thick paint so that people could feel his paintings. He encourages the children watching to paint their impressions of things around them.

This clip is from:
Watch, Art - Growing Things
First broadcast:
10 May 1995

After viewing the clip, children could first explore using quick strokes and bold colours on paper. What effect do they think this has? Afterwards, children could be given a still life to paint, perhaps a vase of flowers, in the style of Van Gogh using quick strokes and lots of paint. Children could create frames for their paintings so they are able to take home their first Impressionist masterpiece. Alternatively, children could use the same technique to paint a natural scene.