These awesome scenes were created by my second grade students after studying the art of Vincent VanGogh and, in particular, his painting "Starry Night."
(I have linked resources for your convenience.)
VanGogh resources (videos, prints, books, etc.), white paper 10" X 16" (I like to mount them to 12" X 18" paper when finished), shaving cream, liquid watercolor in warm & cool colors, scraper, large tray, pencil, stamps (swirls & stars), metallic tempera for stamping, black paper 6" X 16" for silhouettes, scissors, silver Sharpie, glue, colored paper for mounting
Discuss Vincent VanGogh and his art work, especially Starry Night. (I have linked several resources above.)
Step 2: Discuss warm and cool colors. I have my students play a sorting game where they separate colored rectangles in to warm (like fire) and cool (like water) piles. They will choose either a warm or cool color scheme for their skies, as seen below.
Step 3: Marbling
Squirt the shaving cream in to the tray, making sure it is large enough to cover the white paper.
Spread out the shaving cream using the large scraper. It's like frosting a cake!
Students will choose either warm or cool liquid watercolors for their skies.
Students drip the watercolor on to the shaving cream, making sure not to puddle the colors. I have found that the bottle don't generally need to be squeezed, but merely held over the tray and slightly shaken.
I have students use a hair pick to marble their colors. I have tried several tools, including actual marbling combs, and the picks work the best. Have the students hold the pick between their fingers very lightly- almost to the point of having it fall out of their hand.
Making sure to "float" the pick on top of the shaving cream, students comb the colors back and forth. I remind the students that they are NOT plowing a field!
Making sure to "float" the pick on top of the shaving cream, students comb the colors up and down.
Making sure to "float" the pick on top of the shaving cream, students make swirls.
At this point, the saving cream should look something like this.
Have the students write their names on the back of their white papers BEFORE doing this step. Place the white paper face down on to the shaving cream and rub until the paper is coated.
Peel the paper back slowly. If any spots were missed, lay the paper back down and rub again.
At this point, it will look like a big blob of nothing.
The magic happens during the next step!
Use the large scraper to remove the excess shaving cream. We scoop it right back in to the tray to be used again. The kids love the reveal!
Spread the shaving cream back out for the next student to use. You can reuse the cream until it gets too runny.
Use star and swirl rubber stamps dipped in metallic paint to add to the starry night feel of the painting. Sorry, no pics!
Step 16: Making the Silhouette
Hand out a black paper to each student and have them place it in front of them horizontally. Then, they draw a horizon line about half way up. All of their landscape items will sit on this line.
Have students draw houses, trees, mountains, or any land form they choose. Details aren't needed, but may help students in their drawing. They will not show in the final design.
Either the student or the teacher can do this step. Using a silver Sharpie, outline only the TOP EDGE of the landscape. This will give the students a clear line to follow when cutting.
Students cut out their landscape silhouettes, following the silver line.
My lesson plan on the Discount School Supply website. I received $100 in supplies for this lesson!