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Fun with Van Gogh

A fun Van Gogh art project for kids is to start with his classic portrait, and then add a background. Limiting it to patterns to shows the power of lines can make, not to mention the contrast.

van gogh art projects for kids


This photoshopped face of Van Gogh was originally posted a while 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 history.

• Deluxe Line Art Van Gogh PDF template
• Color Printer
• Drawing paper
• Sharpie marker, fine point and ultra fine point

PREP: Print face with blank background for each student.
1. Draw a new body and background for Van Gogh’s painting.
2. Trace the lines with a fine point Sharpie marker.
3. Add lots of detailed lines with an ultra fine point marker so you have both thick and thin lines.