1. Draw three circles or columns on the board. Label the circles or columns "Portrait", "Landscape", and "Still Life".
2. Tell students that each circle represents a type of artwork they will examine and explain the main characteristic of each, adding the main characteristic to the chart.
Portrait: An image of a person/people
Landscape: An image of an outdoor scene
Still Life: An image of an inanimate (non-living) object(s)
3. Show students the Paintings by Van Gogh flashcards. Using sticky tack or tape, have students assist in placing each piece of artwork into the correct category on the class chart.
Note: Some works of art will require a conversation with students about classification, as it is possible they may fit into more than one category.
4. Pair students into groups of two. Give each group another set of artwork flashcards (such as Artist Flash Card Set). Have students work collaboratively to sort the artwork into the three categories discussed as a whole group.