Friday, October 19, 2012

van Gogh's Starry Night

To begin this project, I introduced students to Vincent van Gogh's masterpiece, Starry Night, through this website. We zoomed in on the gorgeous painting to study van Gogh's use of color and line as well as the thick texture of the painted surface.  We noticed that van Gogh left his paint unmixed and unblended.  We noticed that the lines of paint move in the direction of the swirls and glowing stars.  We LOVED getting up close to this painting!
For our project, we started with the stars and moon, then added swirls, and finally filled in the sky.  Overlapping oil pastels and making thick lines made the project look the most like van Gogh's style.  When the sky was done, kids added a village and a "van Gogh" tree.  I gave them the option of making a haunted village since we are so close to Halloween.

Stars, moon, swirls
Completed sky
Students drew the village on separate paper.  They cut it out and glued on the sky.

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