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Art Workshop Idea for the Good Samaritan


Originally posted by member Laura C.

The Good Samaritan by Vincent van Gogh

For Good Samaritan in Art we looked at the Van Gogh's painting of The Good Samaritan. Then the class discussed modern-day applications of the Good Samaritan.


The kids were given pencils and watercolor paper and drew their version of the scene - either Biblical or modern-day.


Then they took white oil pastels and made lines horizontally and vertically on the paper, then used water colors to paint their pictures. The white pastel underneath mimicked Van Gogh's brush technique. They looked very neat, and the kids liked the activity.



Printable version of Van Gogh's Good Samaritan


You can also search Google Images for various Good Samaritan art.


By Copyright law, you are able to copy and use any of these images for teaching purposes in a face-to-face teaching situation.




The Van Gogh idea was borrowed from our site and published in Cokesbury's PowerXpress Rotation curriculum. (They're more than welcome!).  Here's a note from one of our lesson posters about how they used it in their lesson:  


The Power XPress Art Lesson for Good Samaritan is centered around Van Gogh's painting of the Good Samaritan. You discuss the techniques the artist used to depict his feelings about the characters. For example:  have students use small muted paint and sharp strokes representing the Priest and Levite, and BOLD COLORFUL strokes for the Samaritan.  Have them PRACTICE on butcher paper.


Discuss how the artist can tell so much of the story without words (the figures are moving down the hill - away from Jerusalem and toward Jericho).


If you're doing individual paintings, have students consider other elements in the painting, such as the Inn and Innkeeper, the Samaritan's purse and donkey, the robbers getting away, and perhaps even a self-portrait up in the hills contemplating this story from afar.  


You can also spread out butcher paper and let the children use what they have just learned to paint their own murals to tell the story. We put two or three kids to each mural. Children learned about art appreciation while learning the story.




Image: The Good Samaritan, 1890 by Vincent Van Gogh via Wikimedia Commons


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