Recreate van Gogh's Starry Night Activity

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Updated on Jan 14, 2011

Vincent van Gogh was a famous painter who paved the way for many modern artists. He had a unique style of painting, in which he used unusual lines and colors to create pictures of familiar things like flowers or furniture. His style of painting was exaggerated and somewhat unrealistic, using bright colors and bold brushstrokes. Your child can learn more about Vincent van Gogh’s influential style of painting by creating an homage to Starry Night, one of van Gogh’s most beloved paintings.

What You Need:

  • White drawing paper
  • Crayons
  • Glittery star stickers
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrushes

What You Do:

  1. Start by taking a look at artwork by Vincent van Gogh at your local library or going online and using the Internet. Help your child find a picture his famous painting, Starry Night.
  2. Encourage your child to look at the lines and colors in the painting. What does he think of the painting? Does it make him feel happy, sad, excited? See if he can name all the colors he sees, honing his color recognition skills!
  3. Invite your child to create his own Starry Night-style painting with the help of some crayons and star stickers! Have him start by selecting crayons in different shades of blue, white, yellow and gray.
  4. Then, with a sheet of white drawing paper, have him draw sweeping circles and curvy, wavy lines to represent the starry night sky.
  5. Now it’s time to sparkle! Give your child some shiny star stickers to peel and press onto his paper.
  6. To finish his painting, your first grader can cover the whole thing with blue, purple, and black watercolor paint. The brightly-colored crayon and sparkling stars will shine through!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.