Vincent Van Gogh is a popular artist for art teachers to connect to. Personally, he's one of my favorites. I can get lost in his paintings. The thick brushstrokes are perfect for having students review line quality. I targeted third grade for a Van Gogh connection. I've done it many different ways with different media. I've used crayon, watercolor, oil pastel, tempera, collage, and even clay to help students see the different lines he created with the brushstrokes in his paintings.
If I had access to a Smartboard in my classroom I had students come up and draw over all the different lines they could find. In one room, my projector displayed onto my whiteboard so students used dry erase makers.
Theresa Gillespie spent over 20 years teaching Art in the Moline School District in Illinois. She has a BA degree in Art Education and a MEd degree in Education & Technology. She also is a graduate level instructor for The Art of Education