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
- Your color list.
This test has two parts. Please follow the
directions carefully for each part.
PART ONE: Refining your brainstorming
- Focus on the portrait your class will be tested on
(either VvG#1, VvG#2, or VvG#3).
- Spend a minute or two studying this portrait. While
you study it, check over your list of brainstorming for this portrait.
- 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.
- Record your final choice below:
PART TWO: Writing a description to convey your
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
- 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
- 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.