Van Gogh used the art technique of wide, stout, and short strokes with paint, called impasto, Italian for "paste". The paint, normally oil-based, is laid down very thickly on the canvas and it made the texture of the paint strokes very visible. His waviness in his paintings, which he sometimes incorporated, was also part of his technique.
Prior to this art project, I have done a variety of art projects in other grades before middle school. Even though I have not used the technique of "impasto" in the past, I have used other techniques; These techniques include of pencil sketching, watercolor painting, oil, and pastel painting, etc... I chose this topic because I have wondered how and why Van Gogh used this technique to make great artwork. This is important and relevant to the audience because it shows the mind of Van Gogh, a famous and brilliant artist, and how his art style influenced many.
I want to learn about Van Gogh's art style impasto and how it became famous worldwide. I learned that Van Gogh was actually influenced by other artists, and there were certain steps to take in order to mimic his art style "impasto." I researched the history of Van Gogh's art and how he finalized his art style for his greatest art pieces.
Van Gogh's beginning and ending with art in his life.
Van Gogh's Art History
How Van Gogh has been influenced by great artists of his time.
Van Gogh's Art Journey
Van Gogh's personal art style used for his great paintings.
Van Gogh used small strokes to emphasize the texture in his art.
1. Small Strokes
Van Gogh's strokes were very thick with texture to emphasize the dimension of his artwork.
2. Stout Strokes
Van Gogh's art didn't consist of a ton of blending, but only when other colors overlapped each other.
In this art project, I learned about the art life of Vincent Van Gogh. I learned what motivated him to get into art, what influenced his art style, and how to recreate his art style, impasto. The best, new knowledge we learned from this art project is that Van Gogh used art as a last resort to his life, as he was struggling to find a sustainable and financial career. He dove into depression, and never became famous until after death, thanks to his unique art style and paintings.
Even after the project, I still question why no one in Van Gogh's time admired his artwork, and why it took time for him to become noticed. I also question the story behind some of his famous artworks, such as "Starry Night."