20 Art: Vincent Van Gogh

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Students will explore circles, swirls, curves, and sideways movement as part of our Van Gogh study. 


  • Markers
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • White paper and/or printout of the picture below
  • Pencils

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  • Spend about five minutes reviewing circles, curves, swirls, and sideways strokes with the students.  They may use markers for this or, if they would like, they may use paint.
  • If you can, show your students a picture of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  Talk about his use of these strokes and the way light is portrayed in the work,.  Where does your eye go to?  Where does your eye start?  What is the focus of this piece?
  • Give students a piece of paper and ask them to draw the basics of Starry Night.  The tower, moon and a few swirls are fine.
  • Ask students to paint this work.  Emphasize the motions of the brushes and the light and dark contrast more than making it “perfect”.


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