Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch impressionist artist, lived from 1853 until 1888. He is best known for his paintings, including Starry Night, The Postman, several paintings of himself ("self portraits"), and a number of "still life" paintings of sunflowers and of irises. Vincent van Gogh especially enjoyed making paintings of children. He once said that it's the only thing that "excites me to the depths of my soul, and which makes me feel the infinite more than anything else."
Walk over the little stone bridge and come into "van Gogh's little playhouse."
What will we do in this garden?
* Locate van Gogh's colorful mailbox and enjoy reading the books for this garden.
* Sit in his colorful house and read books about his works and his life.
* Use your imagination and play in the house.
* Tend his tiny outdoor garden.
* Find his paintings and observe how his style changed over the years of his life. How many of his works did you locate?
* Think about what you might want to paint on the easel in his back yard.
* Write down your questions about Mr. van Gogh and put your name on them. A van Gogh "expert" will read them and answer on the bulletin board in his kitchen. Visit his garden on another day and find your answers.
* Find Holland (the Netherlands) on the world map and then find where Paris, France is on the map, too.
Books for van Gogh's Garden
Biography: Vincent van Gogh for Kids - Ducksters
van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt's Artists Books for Children) by Laurence Anholt
In the Garden with Van Gogh by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober
Vincent's Colors by Vincent van Gogh and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Van Gogh (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia
The Starry Night by Neil Waldman
Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series) by Carol Sabbeth
Naming Rights to the Van Gogh House & Garden: This Garden has now been sponsored! Thank you Kim Sheffield! We are so grateful!