Meeting the Master Artists: Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh is undeniably one of the world’s greatest artists, which means there are lots of great ways to study his incredible contributions to the art world. Today I’m excited to share one of those ways with you through a Vincent van Gogh Unit Study.

Vincent van Gogh Unit Study Resources

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Since I’ve covered Vincent van Gogh with both of my kiddos several times throughout the years, today I want to share some of the resources that helped us the most.

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Vincent van Gogh Unit Study Ideas

Before we jump into the individual van Gogh resources, keep in mind that Masterpiece Society has a fantastic open and go van Gogh unit available in their Art Appreciation Bundle. (You can also get the van Gogh unit individually if you prefer.)

This 50+ page art appreciation unit provides a biography of van Gogh, an overview of post-impressionism, picture study for three of his masterpieces, notebooking pages, and more.

In a nutshell, you can use it as the foundation of your van Gogh unit study or for the study itself with nothing else added. Either way, it’s a good one to have on hand.

Want to add a hands-on component to your unit study, but don’t have time to pull together different project ideas? We recommend the van Gogh lessons from Mixing with the Masters. 🙂

Related: Bring Artist Study to Life with this Mixing with the Masters Mixed Media Course

More Vincent van Gogh
Unit Study Resources

Because we love studying van Gogh in our homeschool, we’ve used lots of great unit study resources learning about him over the years. One of those is the Van Gogh for Children site from the Van Gogh Museum. You’ll find video resources, free printable coloring pages, and games waiting for you there!

If you prefer to explore van Gogh through books, check out these 10 Children’s Books about Vincent van Gogh (Pin it for later). 

Meeting the Master Artists: Vincent van Gogh (van Gogh Unit Study Resources)

What to watch on van Gogh

Here are a few good videos to watch for your van Gogh unit study:

  • My van Gogh YouTube playlist
  • Van Gogh: Brush with Genius – Note that van Gogh’s death is covered in the 30-35 mark. Due to the sensitive subject matter, you may wish to omit this part or only use this documentary for older students.
  • Creative Galaxy, Season 1, Episode 5 – Follow this link to add it to your watchlist. It’s a good introduction to van Gogh for younger kids. 

Hands on with van Gogh

Want to include some hands-on activities in your study? Here are some ideas to consider:


My kids loved the Vincent Van Gogh and His Inspirations exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art!
We loved viewing the Vincent van Gogh and His Inspirations exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art. It was truly incredible to see multiple van Gogh pieces and the art that inspired him on display in the same place.

Have you studied Vincent van Gogh in your homeschool? What are your favorite van Gogh resources?

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