Monday, January 6, 2014

Arts : Apps & Education : Touch Van Gogh !

Touch Van Gogh/ app 
credits: Van Gogh Museum

screenshot Touch Van Gogh for iPad

My first post of 2014! I would like to write about Arts! During holiday season, I read some good web articles and I discovered that Van Gogh Museum had released on iTunes an app Touch Van Gogh on October 3, 2013, updated December 16, 2013.

The app shows what is concealed in and under the paint on artworks by Vincent van Gogh. Nine paintings are available on the app.

screenshot Touch Van Gogh for iPad

The English-language app for tablets called Touch Van Gogh reveals the secrets in and behind the paint on Van Gogh's canvases. 

This app allows us to explore the wealth of information contained in and under the paint in Van Gogh’s masterpieces. 

Touch Van Gogh was created by Van Gogh Museum for anyone who would like to:

  • look at Van Gogh’s work up close
  • discover the secrets of his techniques
  • travel through history
  • explore new research findings

screenshot Touch Van Gogh for iPad


The app includes Van Gogh’s paintings, letters and sketches, biographical information and research findings that shed new light on the art works and their maker.

Language: English


iPad; Android.


iOS 6.0 and higher compatible with iPad; Android. 


Free download from the App Store or Google Play


Arts teachers can include Touch Van Gogh into Arts curriculum and other general curriculum as Languages, Literature and Music.

It's a wonderful educational digital resource to initiate the young students in the art of drawing and painting; the oldest students can explore what's hidden under the paint of Van Gogh's masterpieces. 

Curriculum: Arts & Media

Target: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Vocational Education; Higher Education.

Download free for iOS and Android.

Touch Van Gogh app/ The Cottage
credits: Van Gogh Museum

In the recently restored painting Field with Irises near Arles, students can virtually polish away the discoloured layer of varnish, just as the restorer did on the original.
Through the colour reconstruction of The Bedroom, you see the colour of the painting before the red pigment faded. The walls of the room are no longer lilac but blue.
And learn that The Cottage was painted on a canvas that Van Gogh once used for a painting of a shepherd with sheep. In Seascape near Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, which he painted outdoors, you see grains of sand in the paint.
And with Daubigny’s garden, they will observe that the painting was painted on a tea towel.
The other paintings in the app are Self-portrait as a painterQuinces, Lemons, Pears and GrapesView from Theo’s Apartment and Garden of the Asylum.

screenshot Touch Van Gogh for iPad

Let students discover the amazing stories behind The bedroomDaubigny's garden or View from Theo's apartment and learn more about the latest research at the Van Gogh Museum

•    take a closer look at Van Gogh's paintings;
•    find out more about Van Gogh's working methods;
•    discover the secrets behind Van Gogh's painting technique;
•    find out more about Van Gogh's history;
•    learn more about the latest research into Van Gogh's studio practice.

The app includes information about reused canvases, paint discolouration, and Van Gogh's use of the perspective frame. 


Simply ‘touch’ Van Gogh’s art works and let the paintings tell their stories. The surprises in store include revelations about recycled canvases, discoloured pigments and Van Gogh’s use of a perspective frame.

Another 12 paintings will be included in the app during the coming two years.

Touch Van Gogh app new release 2015
Field with Irises near Arles
credits: Van Gogh Museum

In September 2015, nine of Van Gogh’s masterpieces are now available in the app. Unravel the secrets which are concealed in and under the paint of Van Gogh’s paintings.
The release is available from 17 September in the Google and Apple app stores.
“This third release of the acclaimed app allows people to unravel nine iconic works by the best known artist in the Netherlands and thus discover for themselves the secrets of Van Gogh’s painting techniques and working method. The app, designed for tablets, uses multitouch functions to enable users to discover at home the secrets concealed in and under the paint. We make the results of years of complex material-technical research into Van Gogh’s working method accessible to a wide public.”
Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum
Three paintings by Vincent van Gogh have been added to the internationally acclaimed English language app for tablets Touch Van Gogh: ‘Self-portrait as a Painter’, ‘Quinces, Lemons, Pears and Grapes', and ‘Field with Irises near Arles’.

Touch Van Gogh app new release 2015
Quinces, Lemons, Pears and Grapes
credits: Van Gogh Museum

Unravel the secrets:
Invite your students to discover that the flowers in the recently restored painting Field with Irises near Arles faded from purple to blue. Or rub away the discoloured layer of varnish which hid the colours of the painting, as the restorer did with the original.
In the painting Quinces, they will see that Van Gogh even painted the frame of this work, changing his mind about its colour as he worked.

Self-portrait Van Googh as a Painter
Touch Van Gogh app
credits: Van Gogh Museum
Finally, Van Gogh’s Self-portrait as a Painter has been added to the app. Discover the similarities and differences between the self-portraits.
The app now has nine paintings. The other six are: The CottageSeascape near Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-MerGarden of the AsylumThe BedroomDaubigny’s Garden and View from Theo’s Apartment.

Award-winning app:

On 26 June 2015 Touch van Gogh was recognized as one of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning/ Social Sciences by the The American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
In November 2014 the app received two awards: the World Summit Award Mobile in the ‘m-Tourism & Culture’ category and 'Gold' in the 'Best App' category of the International Design and Communication Award (IDCA).
The app was also awarded the Heritage in Motion Award 2014 in the apps for mobile devices category in April 2014.
The app was created in collaboration with IJsfontein.

Useful links to teachers & students : Van Gogh Museum

Such a fantastic tool in Arts for educators and students! If you are teaching Arts, you have the best motivation for your students.

I wrote about Google Art Project in Education (2011) or Arts Academy DS used at Museu Berardo (2011) and other Arts apps as Europeana app (2013) or Voltaire's Candide (2013). An much more after 2013.

Of course, don't miss the chance to have a real lesson in a Museum next to your school or college.



update: 17.09.2015
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