Vincent Van Gogh

He only sold one work of art in his lifetime but his work has sold for more than any Post-Impressionist has ever sold for, at a shocking 79 million dollars.  What painting sold for this amount?  Who bought it?  Was van Gogh a crazy man or an intelligent genius?  Did he cut off his ear and mail it to a woman?  Visit his artwork virtually and find out the best museum to research van Gogh's work. Was he murdered or did he commit suicide?


This four week workshop presents one of the most influential artists of the 19th century.  We will examine 10 works of art by this artist and learn interesting and surprising facts that influenced his artwork and life. Take the class for your own enrichment or to teach your students about this amazing artist.



4 week non-credit workshop

12 hours overall



The online teacher workshop may be accessed 24/7.  Expect to spend 3 hours a week or 12 hours overall throughout the class.  All those finishing the class will receive a handsome  "Thank You for Your Participation" Certificate.  The class is interactive, you will have a chance to post topics and questions to others in the class and to the facilitator-a working art professor.  This is a non-credit class.


Recommendations from past participants in an Art Teacher on the Net workshop (Art for the Elementary Teacher)

I have broadened my perspective on teaching, and gotten a lot of ideas on how to reach children. I would recommend the course to my coworkers. It would be good for further professional development.

It has been great to share ideas with others and gain new information that I can use in my art classes. The websites are extremely helpful, and I am glad to add those to my resources. I am looking forward to using the format for looking at a work of art to encourage my students to really look at a work of art in a whole new way. There are many questions to choose from that will provide prompts for students when writing about art.

I like the ideas for integrating art with other content areas. This appeals to a variety of learning styles and strengthens skills students can use across the curriculum and throughout their lives. I plan to use the resources from this workshop to incorporate more lessons that connect to other subjects.

I've enjoyed making some of the projects and will be able to use those as examples when I teach the lessons.

I am especially excited about the ideas for planning a year of art. I like the thought of planning the whole year and knowing what objectives the students will be working toward. This will help when I order supplies and will help me coordinate the lessons with the different grade levels.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and would definitely recommend it to others. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

I would recommend this course to classroom teachers, since they so often have the opportunity to add some hands on learning to the lesson.

I would also recommend this class to art teachers as a review.

Whether you  are an experienced art teacher or have no prior art experience, this workshop is for you.  No prior art experience is necessary.  This is a workshop for public, private, and homeschool teachers-or anyone who works with children's groups and need art projects ideas and advice.



Valerie Colston, M.A. author of "200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art" (Released April 1, 2008) is the developer and presenter of the

workshop.  She has been teaching art and art history classes for

several years in San Diego, California and online.  Her award winning

Art Teacher on the Net is visited by teachers around the world. 

Along with teaching Ms. Colston was an art project consultants for the Wyland Foundation Oceans Teacher program, and has taught many 100 Art ideas for Teachers workshops at the University of California, San Diego Extension.



For more information contact Valerie Colston at

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