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!)
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.
Once we completed our individual paintings, we worked in small groups to make a mural size painting.
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/
(I’m a little afraid of where this might lead…)