Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Starry Nights

I don't often post the results of projects, but these landscapes turned out so beautifully I can't resist. We studied Vincent Van Gogh, looked closely at the texture he created with his palette knife and discussed his use of colors in Starry Night. Then we dipped chalk pieces into tempera paint to approximate that depth and variation of color in our own landscapes. The instructions were there had to be a horizon line, at least one wavy cypress tree and at least one celestial body. Other than that, no rules. My intention was for the project to be just paint and chalk, but the effect wasn't quite what I'd hoped for. Once the paint dried we came back and added swirls and details with oil pastels. That's more like it! These works are by students aged 6 - 11. Enjoy!

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