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Van Gogh's Life in Arles, With Instructions

An exploration of the story of Vincent Van Gogh's life in Arles, France from 1887-1890. With images from the virtual Second Life Arles [which was created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate] matched with images of Van Gogh's paintings, this presentation seeks to exp
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the works of VINCENT VAN GOGH IN VIRTUAL 3-D REALITY Step One: Visit Second life.com and Create Your Avatar 1. Create a free avatar account in Second Life. You will be asked to pick a name for your avatar beginning with a first name. Then you can choose from their list of last names.

2. You will log into SL with this avatar name and your chosen password so make sure you have the correct spelling.

3. Confirm your account in your email. As you do this you will be asked to choose a starting location. I recommend “Help Island”.

4.Open SecondLife and log in with your new avatar name and password.
You will be presented with the terms of service and must agree before proceeding.

5. A great tutorial appears. You might choose to “walk” out of the landing area and work through this tutorial to get used to some movements in SL.

6. Click on the Communicate tab in the lower left corner.
Make sure the Contacts tab is selected.
Click Add and type in the following resident name:
Rasta Telling
Then click Find – when the name appears – click Select and a friendship offer will be sent.
To help us know what avatar goes with what person, add your real name in brackets. Click OK.

7, Complete the Help Island Tutorial to guide you through motion controls, flying, communicating, and customizing your avatar.


This is an image of eight avatars from one class together in Second Life. Step Two: Visit in Second Life ARLES, France http://slurl.com/secondlife/Arles/118/155/24 Now, you have an Avatar, and you are a little more familiar with Second Life.

Next, you will need to visit the virtual town of Arles in Second Life. Arles (in real life) is a city in the south of France that Vincent Van Gogh lived in for several years. It is the place where he created many of his most famous paintings.
The Second Life virtual Arles has been created to replicate many of Van Gogh's paintings in
3-Dimensions. To visit Arles in Second Life, open your internet browser, and
paste the second life address (slurl) that is above into the address of you browser. Clicking enter should prompt you to open the link with Second Life (or Emerald Viewer). Once you're there, take some time to fly around and explore the town. This image is of one of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous and recognizable paintings, Café Terrace at Night - also known as The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum - which was painted by Van Gogh in September of 1888. The painting portrays Van Gogh expressionist interpretation of the artificially lighted terrace of the popular coffee house as well as into the enforced darkness of the Rue du Palais in the town of Arles in southern France. Cafe Terrace at Night,
1888 by Vincent Van Gogh And the Story of His Time in Arles, France Step Three: Step Four: Taking Screen capture images in sl Creating your presentation OVERVIEW an of the project
Students will be immersed in a world of van gogh's creations in which they can walk around and interact with the scenes and objects.

one of the main objectives is that by interacting with artworks in three Dimensions, students will develop a deeper understanding of the works than could be obtained by simply browsing other digital galleries.

Students will then use internet searching skills and web resources to locate images of the Van Gogh paintings with which they have interacted. THE PROCESS: Students will create avatars, log into Second Life, and interact in the virtual town of Arles. Students will create screen capture images of their avatars immersed in the virtual artworks.
Student will visit the virtual town of arles that has been created in Second life. The SecoND life version of arles is a virtual creation That was based on many of the paintings by vincent van gogh.

Students will also use the internet and web resources to educate themselves about these famous paintings. Students will put their findings together into an interactive presentation using presentation software [like this Prezi presentation]. presentations should include: images taken from Second Life - placed together with images of the paintings information about the paintings by Van Gogh: Title of the painting; date of the painting; and some background information Students will reflect upon this process and will be asked to respond to this question: in what ways (if Any) does interacting with the artworks virtually enhance your knowledge and understanding of the paintings? In the virtual world replica, you can ride a train past the Rue de Palais (main street) of Arles on which you can see the famous scene of Cafe Terrace at Night.

by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh La Chambre à Coucher, 1888 La Chambre à Coucher, 1889 Vincent's Room in Second Life The Yellow House, 1888 (also known as Vincent's House at Arles, La Maison Jaune, or La Maison et son entourage) The Yellow House (watercolor), 1888 by Vincent Van Gogh In this part of the Second Life Arles, we can see the part of the town that Vincent lived in. 'The Yellow House' is a building that Vincent lived in, renting out four rooms in 1888. He had two rooms on the main floor as a kitchen and sitting room, and he had two bedrooms upstairs. One of these rooms has become the famous subject matter of the series of paintings known as Vincent's 'Room at Arles'. The other room was used by his friend and fellow painter Paul Gauguin, who stayed with Vincent and also painted in Arles for several weeks in 1888. The Yellow House (in Second Life) You can walk down the street. You can sit down at the Cafe and enjoy the same view Vincent would have enjoyed in the late 1800s. You can even enter the buildings, one of which will take you to another famous scene, that of the Night Cafe.

La Rue du Palais La Maison Jaune by Vincent Van Gogh The Night Cafe Farmhouse in Provence, Arles Tree and Man (in front of the Asylum of Saint-Paul) 1889 Trees in the Asylum Garden, 1889 The Courtyard of the Hospital in Arles, 1889 Corridor in the Asylum, 1889 The Langlois Bridge, 1888 The Langlois Bridge
with Women Washing, 1888 Vincent's Room at Arles In 1888, Vincent lived for a time at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, in what has become known as 'The Yellow House'. He made a painting of the layout of his bedroom, and sent it to his brother Theo who was an art dealer.

Vincent made to more reproductions of this painting (for his mother and sister) and three versions of this painting are known to exist, along with the sketches that he sent in letters to his brother and to Paul Gauguin. Vestibule of the Asylum, 1889 The Asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 1889-1890 Vincent had dreams of instigating a community of painters, based in Arles, who would re-invent painting in the 1880s. For a short while, painter and friend Paul Gauguin, lived with Vincent in Arles. The two began to hang around other artists such as the American artist Dodge MacKnight, the Belgian painter Eugène Boch, and Paul Signac, among others.

It began to look as though Vincent would achieve his dream of creating an international community of artists. Then in late 1888, his friendship with Gauguin began to sour. They began to argue frequently, and one night in December, Van Gogh confronted Gaugin with a razor. "On 23 December 1888, frustrated and ill, Van Gogh confronted Gauguin with a razor blade. In panic, Van Gogh left their hotel and fled to a local brothel. While there, he cut off the lower part of his left ear lobe. He wrapped the severed tissue in newspaper and handed it to a prostitute named Rachel, asking her to "keep this object carefully." Gauguin left Arles and never saw Van Gogh again. Days later, Van Gogh was hospitalized and left in a critical state for several days." wikipedia Van Gogh never fully recovered from this incident, or from the loss of his friendship with Gauguin. He would spend much of the next few months in an out of the hospital before committing himself to the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The Painter of Sunflowers
(portrait of Vincent ), 1888 by paul gauguin Vincent spent one year in the asylum, from May of 1889 until May of 1890. He was put up comfortably with two rooms, one as his studio, and during this time he continued to paint ferociously.

The clinic's gardens and the surrounding countryside became the subject of many of his paintings and he made several studies of the hospital interiors. He was allowed short supervised walks, which gave rise to images of cypresses and olive trees. He painted 'Country road in Provence by Night' in 1890, much of the work from this time is characterized by swirls—including one of his best-known paintings The Starry Night.

Limited access to the world outside the clinic resulted in a shortage of subject matter. He was left to work on interpretations of other artist's paintings, such as Millet's 'The Sower and Noon – Rest from Work', as well as variations on his own earlier work. It was at this time that Vincent created the second and third versions of his 'Room in Arles'.

The Asylum Garden In May of 1890, Van Gogh left the clinic and moved away from Arles. To be closer to his brother Theo and his family, and nearer to the physician Dr. Paul Gachet, Vincent moved to Auvers-sur-Oise outside Paris. The Night Cafe in Second Life The Night Cafe is based on a cafe on the Rue de Palais, and just around the corner from where Van Gogh lived in 'The Yellow House." Perhaps Van Gogh's true masterpiece, Starry Night, 1890 Vincent Van Gogh MOves to After spending two years living with his brother Theo in Monmarte in Paris (where he painted over 200 pictures), Vincent Van Gogh moved to the town of Arles in the south of France. Arles, France He would live in Arles for two years, and at the nearby hospital in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence for one year. In this time, it is believed that he painted well over 300 paintings, and this period is vastly regarded as the period of his greatest genius. He had moved to the town with thoughts of founding a utopian art colony.

The sun shone vibrantly in Arles, and Van Gogh was transfixed by the local landscape and light. Van Gogh was to develop a large range and scope in his work, and his earliest works from this period are richly draped in yellow, ultramarine and mauve and excel in their intensity of colour. Project Key: OVERVIEW SAMPLE of desired
project outcome Steps to complete
project (1-4) Position your Avatar amid the scene of any of the famous paintings.

Press the button at the bottom of your screen. snapshot Select: Save to hard drive
Save As: Select a folder to save to [My Documents]
give your picture a descriptive name
Save your picture. Now, you will put your findings together into an interactive presentation using presentation software [like this Prezi presentation]. presentations should include: images taken from Second Life - placed together with images of the paintings information about the paintings by Van Gogh: Title of the painting;
date of the painting;
and some background information
any additional interesting information Lastly, reflect upon and respond to this question: in what ways (if Any) does interacting with the artworks virtually enhance your knowledge and understanding of the paintings? Remember: the presentation is a summary of what you have learned. Try to make in interesting. Tell a story using interesting information. see the middle of this Prezi for and example [All screenshots are images of Second Life Sims that were created by Virtual 3-D artist Mudpuddle Cleanslate] SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate SL Sim created by Mudpuddle Cleanslate
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