Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kindergarten Starry Nights

     I needed a landscape project for kindergarten, so I came up with this van Gogh inspired lesson and am really happy with how they turned out.  The kindergartners loved learning about van Gogh and liked his thick paint strokes.  We tried to make broken lines on blue or turquoise paper with various kinds of media including oil pastels, glitter liquid watercolors, and metallic watercolors.  This lesson provided a nice opportunity to talk about horizon lines, and that objects and people need to be grounded on or below them in landscapes.  Because we drew the landscapes on separate (black) paper and then cut them out, the students were really forced to have objects touch the ground. 
     I love including photographs of the kids in their projects, and we just tossed them in because we thought it would be neat to actually BE in Starry Night and to really see a wild sky like that! 

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