Science & Nature
Animals in World Art History: Van Gogh’s Animals (Ages 13-18 Extended FLEX)
Take a guided tour of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings of animals!
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings
While Vincent Van Gogh is perhaps best known for his paintings landscapes, flowers, and people, he also painted and drew a number of different animals. In this extended unit study, we will explore these mostly lesser-known, but still quintessentially Van Gogh works. AND, since I am primarily a zoologist, I will identify and throw in some fun facts about the animals themselves! ;) Students are also welcome to share their own Van Gogh-inspired artwork on the classroom board. :) WEEK 1:...
I'm a naturalist with a focus on zoology, and mainly teach animal science courses...but as part of my longstanding interests in both the animal kingdom AND art and culture, I began conducting independent research on how animals have been depicted in art around the world, and am now back in graduate school working on a second Masters thesis about it! :) In conjunction with my current research, I am now offering this series of short courses on different subjects in Animals in World Art History in addition to my regular zoology classes. I also have nearly two decades experience as a home education advocate, including homeschooling my own children from preschool through high school. I am a big proponent of flexible learning, individualized education, and supporting fellow neurodiverse learners, so please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or requests for additional resources. We all learn in our own way and time, but everyone should have the chance to learn about how cool animals are!
There is both reading and multimedia viewing material assigned with each week's topic.
Lesson materials are provided for free via the classroom, either as downloadable printables/files or links to online resources (web pages, videos, articles, etc.).
Formal assessments will only be provided if the student or parent requests it in advance.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
We will discuss the fact that some of Van Gogh's models were dead/taxidermy animals, as well as touch upon Van Gogh's own health issues and untimely death. I teach from a zoological perspective, and as such just like in my regular science classes natural animal behaviors and bodily functions may come up in the course of discussion. Online resources: This class directs learners to watch Van Gogh related video content on YouTube and explore Van Gogh related websites (Van Gogh Museum, Van Gogh Letters digital archive, various art museum collection pages, etc.). No online account signups are required.
Meet the teacher
1) what kind of classes you teach I offer introductory unit studies on various topics in zoology and natural history; a special series on animals in world art history (based on my current ongoing research project!); and, because it's extra fun,...