Starry Night Interpretation

Submitted by: Cara Bailey, Art Teacher at West Jordan Middle School.
Grade level: Grades 8 and 9 (Ages 13 - 15)

Goals for Students:

  • To develop an understanding of Vincent van Gogh’s style.

  • Demonstrate skills in creating a balanced composition.

  • Gain an understanding of what artistic interpretation is and apply that knowledge to create a work of art that has the following elements:

  • Expressive line

  • Texture

  • Movement

  • Personal interests and elements.

Objectives:

  • Students will create a unique interpretation of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. by either: Starry Night

    1. Using van Gogh’s composition and then applying a unique painting style to complete the painting - or -

    2. Creating a unique composition and then applying van Gogh’s painting style to that composition.

Introduction:

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mona starry night

Mona Lisa on a Starry Night- Painting by Adam Strange

Lesson Overview:

  • After watching the biography. and seeing and discussing several different artistic interpretations of Starry Night students have the chance to create their own interpretation. Students have two choices: They can either copy van Gogh’s composition and apply their own paint application style or they can create an original composition an apply van Gogh’s paint application style.

  • Students begin by making a line drawing of their composition. This along with the PowerPoint takes most kids about 1 class period.

  • Do a short demonstration on how to paint like van Gogh. Emphasize the use of tints, tones, and shades to make the painting look more full and rich.

  • Students check off their line drawing with the teacher before beginning the painting process.

  • This project (including the video) from start to finish takes most students about 7 days in class.

Materials

Assessments:

  • Daily reviews

  • Daily check-in with each student individually

  • Peer reviews

  • Grading rubric

 

 


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