Van Gogh Art Project


Van Gogh is a name every young child knows, and Starry Night is the title they remember! Uses this fun technique to create movement on your canvas!


  •  Black Construction Paper
  • White School Glue
  • Oil Pastels
  • VanGogh Artist Card


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

vangoghstarry     VanGogh1     Vangoghcolors     Vangogh2

Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1:

Using your white glue, begin to draw the dark shape in the foreground.

Step 2:

Add in your horizon line, accounting for the hills and the village below.

Step 3:

Add in some swirls in the background.

Step 4:

Continue buiding your image with glue.

Step 5:

Be sure to add in the moon and lots of stars, making sure your glue is moving around them.

Step 6:

Allow your glue to dry for a few hours. It will almost disappear but you'll still be able to see it and feel it.

Step 7:

When your glue is dry, provide children with Oil Pastels.

Step 8:

Begin to draw over the lines you made with your glue.

Step 9:

When you draw over the glue, you'll begin to see different textures coming through

Step 10:

Use different colors along your lines. Show children how to choose a variety of different hues of blue.

Step 11:

Highlight with white and yellow on top of your blues.

Step 12:

Use darker yellows to draw in your Moon and Stars.

Step 13:

Use black and purple to add shadow and depth to the image in the foreground.

Step 14:

Color in your village. Use dark colors in the background and whites and yellows for the buildings. Add in a little light blue to highlight areas in the darkness.

All Done!

These look wonderful when mounted on a classroom bulletin board, or framed with black construction paper.

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