Van Gogh “Starry Night” style paintings

11 Dec

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Rm 2, Kindergarten, Ms Beckley December 11 art lesson

Art docents: Eileen Berlin and Cathy Clark

 

Title: Starry Night in the style of Vincent Van Gogh

 

Art Element: lines and curves

 

Preparation: We pre-cut sets of small rectangles of various colors and sizes for each table, and prepared a tray or baking tin of 6 fingerpaints for each pair of students. We used white, yellow, orange, red, green and brown washable tempura thinned with a little dish detergent. The project was done on 12 x 18 blue paper.

 

Lesson: We looked at Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait and Eileen talked a little about his life. Van Gogh tried many different jobs before he concentrated on painting. Sometimes he became so focused on painting that he forgot to eat or sleep. We looked at one of his most famous works, Starry Night, and pointed out the main elements in the painting — houses, tree, night sky. We talked about how Van Gogh tried to express emotions and motion in this painting.

 

We distributed the blue paper and sets of small rectangles. Eileen used the document viewer as she modeled and explained each step in the project.

 

1) Fold a rectangle and cut at a slant to create a house with a roof. Glue 2 or 3 houses on the lower right of the picture. (When the children were well into this, we covered their fronts with plastic wrap and distributed the trays of fingerpaints.)

 

2) Use small dabs of paint to create lighted windows in some of the houses. Use longer straight or curved lines or swirls to draw a tree on the left side of the picture.

 

3) Add stars and the moon to the night sky. Create the impression of glow by surrounding the stars with short lines. Some created the impression of wind using large, long swirls of color.

 

Closing Comments: Many steps for a single lesson. Many, many wet wipes used.

 

 

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