Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Town of van Snow

This is a project I did with 5th graders as part of an outreach program. Our inspiration was van Gogh. The art kits we handed out included oil pastels and that is what we used to create these post-impressionist renderings.

To get the kids started we talked a bit about van Gogh and his style. We looked at Starry Night and the movement created in the sky. I had each child sketch a horizon line, tree, and path leading to a vanishing point. We sketched movement in the sky and included the crescent moon. From here I encouraged the kids to add whatever winter items they wanted. Some added igloos, snowmen, gingerbread houses and more. I tried to get the kids to use short dashes to fill their pages and to use the white of their paper for snow. They turned out fantastic! I loved the imagination of these incredible kids!

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You will need:
-Drawing paper
-Pencil
-Oil Pastels
-van Gogh reference material: Starry Night

Here are some of the great works made!
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4 comments:

Phyllis said...

These are fantastic. I love it.

tana... said...

What a fun idea! Nice way to look at Starry Night from a different perspective.

Smita Srivastava said...

A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

- Smita
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Nadene said...

How lovely! Van Gogh inspires the most wonderful activities.
We did an oil pastel & watercolour resist version. Here's our tutorial.