Tuesday, October 2, 2012


For our very first art project of the 2012/13 school year, we learned about
He was a dutch artist who lived long ago and painted many pictures which now hang in museums all over the world. Some of his favorite subjects were sunflowers and night skies like the one above titled
The Starry Night.
(please excuse the glare in this photo)

Our challenge was to work as a group to re-create this famous painting as a large mural.
 All of the kindergarten classes worked on this project during our art time. 
We used small strips of colored paper to repressent
Van Gogh's brush strokes.

 Glue was applied to the back of each strip using our "handy dandy tool"
 (aka pointer finger). Each strip was then placed on the mural in a spot where each particular color was needed.

We had to pay close attention to the direction of his brush strokes. 
We found that some were horizontal, vertical, diagonal and wavy.
This is a close up of our finished mural.

And this photo will give you an idea of just how large our mural is!
It is currently hanging in the Kindergarten wing.
We love it and hope you will stop by to see it for yourself!


  1. Curious...how many kinders do you have in a class at a time? Do you have help? This is my first year as an elementary art teacher. I have a major learning curve...kindergarten I believe will be one of my greatest challenges.

  2. I absolutely love this! You & the kids did a great job!
    As an artist myself, I can really appreciate how fine & detailed this mural displays

  3. I love this!!! Can you share what method/verbiage you used to teach the kids to put those "brush strokes" in the right places to get such a good copy of the original painting?

  4. I love it! I am an art teacher and want to try this. Did you sketch out the painting first?