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What Are Artist Trading Cards
I didn't know about artist trading cards before joining the project either, but the idea is to create "art miniatures" in the size of regular trading cards - i.e. 1.5" x 2.5" and then exchange your art with other participants. In our group, we decided to have "an artist of the month" theme, and January artist is Van Gogh.
Who Was Vincent Van Gogh?
Last summer, my husband and I went on a trip to Paris to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and we had a dubious pleasure of seeing Van Gogh original paintings in Musee d'Orsay. I say that the pleasure was dubious, because the museum was incredibly crowded as you can see in the picture above. I am sure Van Gogh would have been amazed to learn how popular his paintings became after his untimely death by suicide. Last time, when Smarty learned about Van Gogh as a young kindergartner, we did not go into details about Van Gogh's personal life. Now we learned more about him including his struggle with depression through Vincent Van Gogh book by Mike Venezia.
Painting Like Van Gogh
Van Gogh actually painted with oil on canvas (or on burlap, since he had to use cheap supplies), but we did not have either and Smarty used thick white cardboard and acrylic paints. Our paint was pretty thick, and Smarty used toothpick to create texture "apres Van Gogh".
Smarty thoroughly enjoyed this project, especially painting on a smaller scale. She can't wait to get cards from other participants and pick the next artist! Here are her three cards:
Books About Van Gogh
Pair up your artist study with some books for kids about Vincent Van Gogh
What kind of art projects did your kids do lately?
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