name: _____________________________________


Portrayal Test:  Vincent van Gogh


You may/should use the following for this test:

  • Your brainstorming notes on the Monroe/van Gogh portraits from Tuesday, 9/21.
  • Your notes from Wednesday (9/22) and yesterday’s classes (9/23). You can use them as examples of what to do on the test.
  • Your color list.

This test has two parts.  Please follow the directions carefully for each part.


PART ONE:  Refining your brainstorming

  1. Focus on the portrait your class will be tested on (either VvG#1, VvG#2, or VvG#3).
  2. Spend a minute or two studying this portrait.  While you study it, check over your list of brainstorming for this portrait.
  3. Now, narrow down your list to only two (2) words.  These words should be the best words you can use to describe the way van Gogh is portrayed in this picture.  If you need to, you may add words to your list that were not there previously and choose one of them.
  4. Record your final choice below:

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PART TWO:  Writing a description to convey your portrayal

 You must now write 3 sentences to describe van Gogh as he appears in this picture and to convey the portrayal you decided on in Part One.   Write your sentences below. 


  • Each sentence must convey at least one of the portrayal words.
  • By the time you’ve written your 3 sentences, BOTH portrayal words should have been conveyed in your descriptions.
  • You may not use your two chosen portrayal words (or variations of them) in ANY part of your description.  (example:  If one of your portrayal words is “depressed,” you cannot use that word or variations of it—like “depression” or “depressing”—in your description.)
  • You should describe van Gogh’s appearance IN DETAIL.  Focus on physical features and figure out a way to describe them in order to convey your portrayal.  Remember:  SHOW don’t tell.