Going Wild with Van Gogh

Last week I had the privilege of leading an art activity for the 1st graders at our local public school. (Yes, it was halloween—so, as you will see in the photos, art was done by fairies, princesses, spidermen, ninjas, zombies, and more!)

Our Inspiration: The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

We focused on The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. We reminded each other over and over that to copy him we needed to use lots of wild brush strokes, not filling the page with solid colors. Stepping outside their usual way of doing art was a challenge for some of the students. It helped when we all chanted “dippy dippy, splish splash, wild painting” over and over.

We started by painting individual swirly trees. This gave practice with the impressionist-style brush strokes. It also gave the students something to take home and proudly show off to family.

Once we completed our individual paintings, we worked in small groups to make a mural size painting.

This group painted the TREE TRUNK

This group got to paint the SWIRLY STARS (and moon)

The final group added GRASS and SKY

Here is our finished painting, hung in the hall. Isn’t it WONDERFUL?!

PS–although this might be “opening a can of worms” to post this, my eldest daughter says I must add this version of The Starry Night, found at http://whereforeartistry.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/the-art-of-breakfast/

The Starry Night…in bacon?!

(I’m a little afraid of where this might lead…)

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