Happy Friday Friends!!
- Yellow bed with a red blanket and two pillows.
- Tall window that is open a little bit
- Blue walls with ... (what more can you find?)
Do you seen anything odd about this painting? The walls look like they are all tilted, and there aren't any shadows in the room. What more can you find?
The Bedroom, Vincent Van Gogh. October 1888
What do you think that means? Can color used in a painting help the viewer understand it better? For example, take a look at the bedroom window. Does the color of the light help us know what time of day it is?
Van Gogh wanted viewers of his painting to be able to "rest" their imagination in this bedroom, just as they would rest their body in their own bedrooms. Throughout Van Gogh’s career, he painted everything around him: landscapes, people in his town, and even the shoes he wore. In Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, he shows a room in his house. His painting of his bedroom was done with excitement and a hope for the future as he was preparing to welcome his friend and fellow artists.
- Cup of water/Paper towels
We are going to use a little bit of math to make our room. Van Gogh used something called "one point perspective" when he made his painting to make you (the viewer) feel like you could be standing in his doorway!
First, you will use your ruler and pencil to draw a big X on your paper. Make sure your lines go from corner to corner! Then, use those lines to help you draw a rectangle in the very center. This rectangle will be the far wall of your room. In Van Gogh's painting, this is the wall with his window. The very center of your paper where your two lines meet has a special name--the Vanishing Point. The rest of your diagonal lines also have a special name--orthogonal lines.
Using your ruler, add two more orthogonal lines. One goes vertical and one horizontal, passing through the vanishing point. These lines will need to be erased later, so draw them lightly!
Outline your rectangle and corner lines with a marker (see photo). Use the rest of the orthogonal lines as a guide to help you add a window to the left and a picture frame to the right. Then, outline those in marker, too! Erase all the pencil lines you have left.
Are you starting to see a bedroom? Use your marker to add things like a ceiling light, a bed, another window, a rug, desk, or even toys!