Rembrandt van Rijn

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About Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch painter and printmaker. Born in 1606, he is widely considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Rembrandt was a master of light and shadow, and his works are characterized by their use of dramatic lighting and strong, emotional compositions. He was known for his portraits, landscapes, and biblical scenes, which often convey a sense of realism, intimacy, and psychological depth. Rembrandt was a prolific artist, producing hundreds of paintings, etchings, and drawings over the course of his career.

Despite his fame and success, he lived much of his life in relative poverty, and his works often reflect his struggles with personal and financial hardships. Today, Rembrandt's works can be found in major museums around the world, and he remains one of the most famous and beloved artists of all time.

Rembrandt van Rijn Art Lesson & Art Activity

With the aid of a flashlight, the children will understand Rembrandt van Rijn’s special technique of painting highlights and shadow. This special “Rembrandt Lighting” was carried over to their own artwork in special Dutch landscapes…and windmills! Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught

Space, Value

Art Activity Emphasis

Dutch Landscapes, Highlighting and Shadows, Perspective

Vocabulary Learned

composition, etching, highlight, portrait, profile, shadow

Student Art Supplies

Chalk, Crayon, Paint Swabs
Art Lessons for Rembrandt Van Rijn

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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