While planning this lesson, I was inspired by the recent immersive Van Gogh exhibition here in San Diego! An exhibition that presented moving projections of Van Gogh’s paintings. I thought that bringing interactive activities based on Van Gogh’s most famous paintings would make for an exciting immersive experience for our students here at CMP!
In the Atelier we began by painting a still life of sun flowers, using tempera paints.
For the younger children, we focused more on color mixing to make greens and oranges that matched our sunflowers and for the older children we focused more on creating shapes.
After painting, I invited my students to freely explore different areas of the garden that offered activities based on some of Vincent Van Gogh’s work.
Station 1 – Van Gogh’s Self Portrait
Station 2 – The Chair
Station 3 – Still Life (Pouring stations are great for developing motor skills!)
Station 4 – Starry Night
It’s never too early to start introducing art history into a child’s life.
Art and art history allows early learners to establish an early foundation for art appreciation, imagination, and creativity that will extend well beyond their early years!