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MONDAY MONTAGE. Why are young children so attracted to the paintings of Van Gogh?

The appeal of cheery sunflowers seems to resonate with everyone. The lure of Van Gogh’s intense palette, combined with the harmony of his compositions and the use of complementary colors, is a tribute to the artist’s ability to express himself in a universal language.

Of course kids are also drawn to Van Gogh’s impasto technique, especially if an art project includes replicating impasto, by adding flour or sand to tempera paint, for the Van Gogh effect!

Yesterday my husband and I attended a stimulating seminar, “Van Gogh Reconsidered,” sponsored by mueoarts, a local urban church in Atlanta with a lively engagement of the arts within their community. Next Sunday’s final session will include a panel discussion. Visit their site to find out more about their academy, studio and gallery.

Author: Bonnie Porter

Bonnie Porter is an artist who lived in Europe and now resides in Atlanta. A part-time art teacher who paints and creates with a love of color, line and composition, drawing on inspiration from everywhere.

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