Van Gogh Starry Night

Van Gogh Starry drawingI like having students make their own simplified version of famous paintings, which can encourage their appreciation of the original.
1. View Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, and discuss the composition; the foreground tree, the middle ground hills, and the background stars.
2. On a 12″ x 9″ turquoise paper, have the students draw their own simple tree or bush, just to the left of the center. Behind the tree are several simple hills. In the sky are at least 3 small circular stars. The students are to make the stars and hills “grow” with a series of larger circles and curves. Encourage them to make just a few of each with lots of space in between.
3. The pencil lines are traced with a thin black marker.
4. Lastly, good colored pencils are used to color all the shapes in.


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