1.en.6 Colors/colours: Google art project and Van Gogh

Last week we talked about language varieties and about different ways of speaking English: accent, pronunciation, vocabulary.  In American English and in British English  some things are called differently:

autum(Br)/fall(Am)

sometimes the  word is the same but the spelling is not:

 color (Am)/ colour(Br)

  •  go to this link, it is fun. It works as a converter. You choose a word in American or in British and you get its equivalent. 
Homework: Friday 30th October.Choose one and post it to the blog together with the Spanish/Catalan translation. The only thing to bear in mind is that you can not repeat a word that has already been chosen by a classmate. 
Well, this post is not only to show you some differences between American and British English. It is to teach you more about colours and about Google art project, an application developed by Google that is really fun. Using Google earth streetview technology, you can now visit the most important museums in the world and watch some of their most valuable artworks.
As you are doing Art in English with Nuria, I thought you would need some extra work to be able to talk about colours and not feel short of words.  Also, Google art project gives us the chance to visit museums, watch famous artpieces and learn more about the artists and their lives.
To begin with, I have chosen a very famous painting, by an extraordinary artist, The bedroom, by Van Gogh.
  1. How much do you know about Van Gogh?

  1. When was this artwork painted?
  2. What is the technique?
  3. How big is the painting?
  4. Where is this painting exhibited?
  5. When was it painted?
Homework: Friday 30th October.  Answer the questions in the blog. Do not repeat the answer if a classmate did it before. Just copy the results in your notebook. 
You do not need to look for answers to the first question. We shall read a comic about Van Gogh’s life later this year and you will find out more. What I would like now, is that you investigate a bit this Google application. It gives you lots of options: to zoom in and out, a description of the painting…
Also in the menu that displays on the right, you can listen to some audio files or see a short video that gives you interesting information about the circumstances the artist painted this canvas.  Click here
If you listen to the video that appears on the right hand side, you will discover that the colours you see in the painting, were not the original ones.
7. Why?
8. What can make colours change?
9. What happens when you leave something in the sun?
10. What is the meaning of fade?
11. Did you understand some of the colours the expert mentions? peachy, pinkish?
12. What kind of sample do they take?
13. How big is the sample?
Van Gogh, wrote a letter to his brother Theo. He explained to him what the original colours of the painting were like.
Read part of its letter and make a list with the colours he mentions.

My dear Theo —

At last I’m sending you a little croquis to give you at least an idea of the direction the work is taking. Because today I’ve gone back to it. My eyes are still tired, but anyway I had a new idea in mind, and here’s the croquis of it. No. 30 canvas once again. This time it’s simply my bedroom, but the colour has to do the job here, and through its being simplified by giving a grander style to things, to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In short, looking at the painting should rest the mind, or rather, the imagination.

The walls are of a pale violet. The floor — is of red tiles.

The bedstead and the chairs are fresh butter yellow.

The sheet and the pillows very bright lemon green.

The bedspread scarlet red.

The window green.

The dressing table orange, the basin blue.

The doors lilac.

And that’s all — nothing in this bedroom, with its shutters closed.

The solidity of the furniture should also now express unshakeable repose.

Portraits on the wall, and a mirror and a hand-towel and some clothes.

The frame — as there’s no white in the painting — will be white.

This to take my revenge for the enforced rest that I was obliged to take.

Homework: Monday 2nd October.  Now is your turn to produce a little piece of writing. Use your bedroom, or a pic of a room you like  or maybe a painting you find searching museums on line and describe it. The most important will be to be as precise as you can describing colours. Write about 40 or 50 words.


In Google art project you can find things like this letter . Those of you who take French can also read it in French, the language in which it was originally written. 

19 Respostes to “1.en.6 Colors/colours: Google art project and Van Gogh”

  1. rociomaria Says:

    Were we have to put the translation of american and british english? Well,i find these: British english=Angry American english=Mad Translation to spanish=Enfadado

  2. juliariudez1999 Says:

    1. How much do you know about Van Gogh? I know that is a genius about the art and that he paint 900 paintings and 1600 drawings. Also I know that himself cut his ear.
    1. When was painted this artwork? I know that in the year 1870
    2. What is the technique? I think that he use the technique of frottage, because i can see a waves that are not made only with the brush.
    3. How big is the painting? There paintings that are big and there other that are little. Vary a little bit the size.
    4. Where is this painting exhibited? In the year 2000.
    5. When was it painted? In the year 1887.
    If you listen to the video that appears on the right hand side, you will discover that the colours you see in the painting, were not the original ones.
    7. Why? Because the colors of the painting not are the same that the original painting.
    8. What can make colours change? The heat.
    9. What happens when you leave something in the sun? That it melt.
    10. What is the meaning of fade? Is lose or cause to lose colour.
    11. Did you understand some of the colours the expert mentions? Peachy, pinkish? Pinkish is a colour that it seems pink.
    12. What kind of sample do they take? Compared the picture original with wich not is original.
    13. How big is the sample? Not is very big.

  3. júlia t Says:

    British to American:biscuit American to British:cookie.
    1.-How much do you know about Van Gogh?I know that Vincent van Gogh was dutch.His first work was in an art galery.

  4. miquelsegui Says:

    1.When he was about fourty years old he cutted a part of his ear.
    1.In 1888.
    2.Oil.
    3.Is ninety cm.
    4.The painting is exibited in Van Gogh Museum.
    5.In the year 1888.
    7.Because the colours of the paitings are not the same of the original paiting.
    8.The heat.
    9.That is melt.
    10.Is cause to lose the colour.
    11.I don’t know this question.
    12.Compared the picture original with wich not is original.
    13 medium.

  5. cpsantacatalina Says:

    1. He names Vicent Van Gogh, is very good artist that he cut his ear and he committed a suicide and was famous for his paintings also when was a little boy, was very poor, Van Gogh was crazy.
    1.May of 1980
    2. I don’t know but he paints with the brush, I thing that normaly, with temperas.
    3.I thing that was big.
    4. In a meuseum.
    5. In March of 2011.
    6. In the time, little by little the colors desapeared.
    7. I thing that the head.
    8.It oxidizes and melts
    9.Not be in the life.
    10. Was diferent colors that appeared in the floor.
    11. With a brush took a little bit of painting
    12.Very very smallest.

    • miguelangelvives Says:

      1. He names Vicent Van Gogh, is very good artist that he cut his ear and he committed a suicide and was famous for his paintings also when was a little boy, was very poor, Van Gogh was crazy.
      1.May of 1980
      2. I don’t know but he paints with the brush, I thing that normaly, with temperas.
      3.I thing that was big.
      4. In a meuseum.
      5. In March of 2011.
      6. In the time, little by little the colors desapeared.
      7. I thing that the head.
      8.It oxidizes and melts
      9.Not be in the life.
      10. Was diferent colors that appeared in the floor.
      11. With a brush took a little bit of painting
      12.Very very smallest.

  6. jaumedelaasuncion Says:

    0-I know that Van Gogh dead when he was poor. In his medium aged he went crazy. One famous paint is the sunflowers.
    1-Was painted in 1888
    2-He used oil.
    3-In the museum of Van Gogh
    4-I thing is it ninty-seven centimeters
    5-Was painted on 1888
    7-Because before was a another painted
    8-The sun
    9-The colours fade
    10-Fade means descolorirse
    11-Yes. Peachy, pinkish is a type of brown
    12-A very very small piece of the painting
    13-Less a one centimeter

  7. luisdelbarco Says:

    1 a) I know that his brother Theo was his most important figure, who’s always help him economically.
    1 b) It was painted in 1998.
    2 Oil.
    3 Nine centimeters.
    4 In the Van Gogh museum.
    5 In the year 1888
    6 Because the colours of the painting aren’t the same that the original.
    7 The heat.
    8 That it melt.
    9 Is the lose or the reason that it lose colour.
    10 Peachy is the colout that has the peaches, pinkish is the colour that seems pink.
    11 They compared the picture original with wich isn’t original.
    12 Isn’t very big.

  8. nereapar13 Says:

    1. How much do you know about Van Gogh?
    His birth year was in 1853. His death year was in 1890 and he was borned in Holland.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————-
    1.When was painted this artwork?
    Was painted in the year 1888.
    2.What is the technique?
    The technique was oil in canvas.
    3.How big is the painting?
    72 cm. x 90 cm.
    4.Where is the painting exhibited?
    Is exhibited in Amsterdam.
    5. When was it painted?
    Was painted in the year 1888.
    7. Why?
    The colours have changed and now they are faded.
    8.What can make colours change?
    The sun can make the colours change when a paiting is a long time in the sun.
    9.What happens when you leave something in the sun?
    Colours in the sun are less strong and faded.
    10. What is the meaning of fade?
    Fade means gradually grow faint and disappear.
    11.Did you understand some of the colours the expert mentions? peachy, pinkish?
    Yes, peachy is a colour like a peach (orange) and pinkish is a colour similar to pink.
    12. What kind of sample do they take?
    They take a sample of the area that is bad, because they need the information from this.
    13. How big is the sample?
    The size of the sample is like the head of a pin.

  9. joanacb Says:

    How many do you know about Van Gogh? Not so much.
    When was this art work painted? In 1888.
    What is the technique? Oil on canvas.
    How big is the painting? 72 cm x 90 cm.
    Where is the painting exhibited? In the Van gogh’s museum in Amsterdam.
    When was it painted? In 1888.
    Why? Beacouse the employers of restauration resatured it.
    What can make colour change? The time can make the colur change an also the restaurations.
    What happens when you have something in the sun? That the colours change.
    What is the meaning of fade? To flag.
    Did you understand some of the colours the expert mentions? peachy, pinkish? No.
    What kind of sample do they take? They take a little bit of pigment.
    How big is the sample? Microscopic.

  10. mariafont99 Says:

    1.How much do you know about Van Gogh?
    I know a little about the life of Van Gogh.
    2.When was this artwork painted?
    This artwork was painted in 1888.
    3.What is the technique?
    Oil on canvas.
    4.How big is the painting?
    Mesures of the painting: 72 x 90cm.
    5.Where is this painting exhibited?
    It is exhibited in Amsterdam.
    6.When was it painted?
    It was painted in October, 1888.
    7.Why?
    Because the colours are faded.
    8. What can make colours change?
    The colours change because for the conditions (for example: temperature)
    9. What happens when you leave something in the sun?
    The colours lose the strong colour.
    10. What is the meaning of fade?
    Fade: gradually grow faint and disappear.
    11. Did you understand some of the colours the expert mentions? peachy, pinkish?
    Yes. Peachy is a colour similar to orange and pinkish is a colour similar to pink.
    12. What kind of sample do they take?
    Take a sample of the area that is bad. Because they need the information from this.
    13. How big is the sample?
    Is very small (1mm approximately).

  11. joanflaquer Says:

    1- Vicent Van Gogh was a very good painter.
    2- This atwork was painted in 1888.
    3-Oil on canvas.
    4-In the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.
    5- Was painted in the 1888.
    6-Because the colors are faded.
    7-The sun can make the colours change when a paiting is a long time in the sun.
    8-The colours change.
    9-Is lose or cause to lose colour.
    10-Yes. The peache is like orange and pinkish is like pink.
    11-They take a little bit of pigment.
    12-Very small.

  12. marpina Says:

    1.When was this artwork painted? “The bedroom” was painted in 1888.
    2.What is the technique? The technique is oil on canvas.
    3.How big is the painting? The size is 72×90 cm.
    4.Where is this painting exhibited? It’s exhibited in Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
    5.When was it painted? It was painted in 1888.
    7. Why? Because the light has changed the colours and also because the painting had been restored in 1931.
    8. What can make colours change? Climate and light.
    9. What happens when you leave something in the sun? It becomes colorless.
    10. What is the meaning of fade? Lose colour.
    11. Did you understand some of the colours the expert mentions? peachy, pinkish? Peachy, resembling a peach in colour (orange). Pinkish, colour between red and white, as of coral.
    12. What kind of sample do they take? A microscopic sample from an undamaged area.
    13. How big is the sample? It’s like a head of a pin.

  13. isidre99 Says:

    1His name was Vcent van Gogh. He cutted a part of the ear and i know that in her century the people didn’t like her paintings but now are very expensive.
    2 The technique was oil
    3 I think that is big.
    4 This painting is exhibited in a museum.
    5 In may 1890 he went to Paris and he painted pictures.
    7 Because it was restored many times and the colours are not the original.
    8 Because of a red pigment that has desapeared.
    9 When we put something in the sun it melts.
    10 It gradually desapears.
    11 Peachy means that it has the appearance of a peach and pinkish means that it similar to the colour pink.
    12 They take a piece of the painting.
    13 It was very little.

  14. francina99 Says:

    1. No, but he traveled to Paris in 1890 ( the same year that he died ), and he was born in 1853. The people says that he was crazy because he cut himself his ear, and he died because he committed suicide.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    1. In 1888
    2. I don’t know very well but I think that is a normal table.
    3. I don’t know but I think there are copies with different sizes, and the real was big.
    4. in Museo de Orway
    5. In 1888
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    7. Because the colors are faded.
    8. the light, the time, the temperature…
    9. The paint to dry and the colors change.
    10.
    11. yes, brown, blue, red and more.
    12. Take a sample of the area that is bad. Because they need the information from this.
    13. is small

  15. toniparedes Says:

    1. How much do you know about Van Gogh? He was a great Dutch painter whose work wasn’t recognized until after his death. He painted about 900 paintings and 1600 drawings, but he had a poor life and sad, because nobody understood him. Now is considerated one of the best painters and there is a Van Gogh museum in Amsterrdam (I have visited it).
    1. When was painted this artwork? In 1888
    2. What is the technique? Oleo.
    3. How big is the painting?It’s a medium size, measures are 72X90cm.
    4. Where is this painting exhibited? It was exhibied in Paris, at 1926.
    5. When was it painted? I think it was painted in 1888.
    If you listen to the video that appears on the right hand side, you will discover that the colours you see in the painting, were not the original ones.
    7. Why? Because the colours have suffered changes and have been damaged, so these were restored in 1932
    8. What can make colours change? The colours can change by the passing of time and the sun light, I think they can be restored chimically.
    9. What happens when you leave something in the sun? That it fades.
    10. What is the meaning of fade? It’s when colours loose intensity.
    11. Did you understand some of the colours the expert mentions? Peachy, pinkish?I think she said Pinky peachy and purplish.
    12. What kind of sample do they take? A very small piece of the side canvas.
    13. How big is the sample? It is so little fragment that it must to be analyzed in a microscopy.

  16. dajozume99 Says:

    1.When he was about fourty years old he cutted a part of his ear.
    1.In 1888.
    2.Oil.
    3.Is ninety cm.
    4.The painting is exibited in Van Gogh Museum.
    5.In the year 1888.
    7.Because the colours of the paitings are not the same of the original paiting.
    8.The heat.
    9.That is melt.
    10.Is cause to lose the colour.
    11.I don’t know this question.
    12.Compared the picture original with wich not is original.
    13 medium.

  17. adriancachago Says:

    1.When was this artwork painted? In May of 1890
    2.What is the technique?Technique is used expressionism and used oil.
    3.How big is the painting? The size is of 72 cm and 90 cm
    4.Where is this painting exhibited? In amsterdam in Van Gogh Museum
    5.When was it painted? in 1888
    7. Why? Because the colours of the paitings are not the same of the original paiting.
    8. What can make colours change? the climate, temperature and light
    9. What happens when you leave something in the sun? that it melt
    10. What is the meaning of fade?It’s when colours loose intensity.
    11. Did you understand some of the colours the expert mentions? peachy, pinkish? Yes.
    12. What kind of sample do they take? A very small.
    13. How big is the sample? Microscopic

  18. magdalena99 Says:

    1) Vicent Van Gogh was a very famous painter.
    2) This atwork was painted in 1888.
    3)Oil on canvas.
    4)In Ansterdam, in Van Gogh museum.
    5) Was painted in the 1888.
    6)Because the colors are faded.
    7)The sun make the colours change when a paiting is a long time outside, in sunlight.
    8)The colours change.
    9) Is lose or cause to lose tone.
    10)Yes! The peache is like orange and pinkish is like pink.
    11)They take a little bit of pigment.
    12) It’s very smallest.


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