|The basic elements of a Starry Night: sky, buildings, hill, and tree.|
Poor Vincent sold very few paintings and drawings during his lifetime, because people of the 1890's didn't quite appreciate his vibrant colors. Today his paintings are some of the most famous and most beloved in the world (and sell for millions).
We looked closely at van Gogh's Starry Night and talked about our observations. We then had reproductions of the painting in front of us so we could see how van Gogh would create each section: sky, hill, tree, and buildings. Using the real painting as a guide allows the children to really see the work and bring their own pieces to another level. The children were required to use AT LEAST THREE COLORS in every section they were creating. That pushed them to think of color combos that would work for each section. Some of their color choices were amazing and inspiring.
Van Gogh-Inspired Starry Night
- Reproduction of van Gogh's "Starry Night"
- One 9" x 12" piece of watercolor paper
- Masking Tape
- Cardboard to tape the watercolor paper to
- Gold and silver star stickers
- Watercolor paints & brush
- Water bucket & paper towels
- Construction paper rectangles: Dark blue, 4 1/2" x 12"; Brown, 4" x 9"; Black, 4 1/2" x 6"
- Glue stick