Deluxe Van Gogh Line Art Template

Here’s another line art project, this time with Van Gogh’s amazing self-portrait. This photoshopped face of Van Gogh was originally posted quite awhile ago, but only with the one main page to draw on. When I taught this project, I realized students needed more references to “fill in the blanks”. They needed to see basically how the suit might look (as a starting point), some finished examples for inspiration, and the original painting for a little art … Read More

Van Gogh Iris Mural from Canada

This amazing Van Gogh Iris mural comes from Coral Schober in Ontario, Canada. She’s a volunteer Art Image Teacher at the Kortright Hills Public school, and made this Van Gogh Iris Mural with Mr. Keunen’s 4th grade class. Aren’t the colors amazing? MATERIALS • Van Gogh Iris Mural template • Card stock paper • Paper cutter • Oil Pastels (I like the Portfolio brand) • Masking tape DIRECTIONS PREP: Print the Van Gogh Iris … Read More

Van Gogh Wheat Field with Crows

Vincent Van Gogh Wheat Field with Crows, shows a dramatic, cloudy sky filled with crows over a wheat field. The simple layout is perfect for practicing layers of oil pastels to see if students can imitate his wonderfully sketchy look. To get a similar look to my sample, I recommend trying the oil pastels I have linked to below. They happen to come in the perfect shades needed for this particular project. MATERIALS • … Read More

Starry Night Mural from France

This is what makes blogging so incredibly rewarding, getting emails like this. “I’m a french ex-teacher who helps in the village where I live. Today and tomorrow we’re having an exhibition about houses in our villages and a second exhibition … showing what kids have done related to the houses. One of the project has been a collective work with your large “Starry Night”. The sky has been made of glued small pieces of … Read More

Van Gogh’s Wheat Field

Vincent Van Gogh Wheat Field with Crows, shows a dramatic, cloudy sky filled with crows over a wheat field. The simple layout is perfect for practicing layers of oil pastels to see if students can imitate his wonderfully sketchy look. To get a similar look to my sample, I recommend trying the oil pastels I have linked to below. They happen to come in the perfect shades needed for this particular project. MATERIALS • … Read More

Van Gogh Line Drawings

Here’s another line art project, this time with Van Gogh’s amazing self-portrait. And if you get a break in your busy schedule (hello summer!) you might realize that some of those products could really be improved, with just a few changes. This photoshopped face of Van Gogh was originally posted quite awhile ago, but only with the one main page to draw on. When I taught this project, I realized students needed more references to … Read More

Mini Van Gogh Painting

Who did sunflowers better than Vincent Van Gogh? This mini painting was made by just coloring directly on mini canvases that you can find at Aaron Bros. and Michaels. Use Sharpie Brush Tip markers and add extra layers to make shadows in the petals. I sprayed mine with a quick drying gloss for extra shine, and I was good to go with my Van Gogh Mini Me.

Starry Night Collage

This amazing artwork comes for Linsay in Eugene, Oregon. She shared how her students (age 5-11) in the River Road Park and Recreation ASAP Program use donated magazine pictures, cut them into stamp sizes and glued them where they needed to go on my Starry Night template. Amazing! I never would have thought of such a creative use of one of my murals. Thanks so much for the inspiration Linsay!

Van Gogh Ceramic Landscape

Vincent Van Gogh was known for his thickly painted landscapes, so you can replicate the look with clay and kiln and glazes. 1. Give each student about a baseball-size piece of clay, and have them form a smooth ball. Show them how to press the ball into a thick pancake, using a roller if possible. 2. Give each student a stick or stylus, and have them etch a drawing into the clay. It’s good … Read More

Van Gogh Sunflower Drawing

Oil pastels are a great medium for a Van Gogh sunflower drawing. This is a tribute to his famous “Sunflowers” painting.   MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Black permanent marker, fine tip • Oil Pastels DIRECTIONS 1. Students draw a line for the table, and then the outline of a jar above it. They can add a curved middle line for dimension, and sign their name, in the style of Van Gogh. 2. Students … Read More

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