This is a famous painting by Van Gogh painted Starry Night in 1889 while he was getting treatment in an asylum. Supposedly, he painted this piece from his memory and it was supposed to have been based on the sky of “Provence.” Starry Night is his most famous and mysterious piece of work.
The Starry Night offers a great example of movement in painting. It can sometimes be helpful to show a photograph or another landscape painting to start a discussion with students. Usually landscapes are still and peaceful and the sky offers a calm background. Here, the sky takes center stages and is truly alive. And while the image holds so much energy, creating the painting took planning, precision, and patience.
Understanding the brush stroke is the key to unlocking van Gogh’s style. When students paint, they are usually seeking to fill up areas with color quickly. Here, van Gogh is laying each bit of color down carefully and separately.
I will have my students to do “Art project” on painting and this would be a great example to show. Here is a example of how students are good at painting.
Also this video shows a great example of how student can learn from others painting. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw7XYhrhRqg[/youtube]
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