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

This clip could be used to provide background knowledge on Van Gogh whilst learning about famous artists or Impressionism. Children could research a variety of artists and their influences and then write a magazine style article about their inspirations. Using their knowledge about his painting style using quick strokes and thick paint, children could be set a timed challenge to paint a still-life or natural scene under timed conditions. During the activity, children could be reminded about Van Gogh's concept of creating an impression using paint rather than creating a realistic representation.