Starry Starry Night Unit Study
Starry Night Unit Study
Stars all around the Classroom
From stars in the sky to stars on canvas, this unit study will give you dozens of ideas, resources, hints and tricks to create starry-themed activities for both homeschool families and classrooms.
Learn about Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night painting technique. Listen to Don McClean's tribute to Van Gogh. Sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and other sky related songs.
Write your own Astronomy stories. Make star themed word walls, pointers for Write the Room activities, Spell the Star Words. Open your eyes and look for the stars....
Van Gogh's Sky
Vincent Van Gogh painted Starry Starry Night
Starry Starry night was painted by Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh looked up at the sky and imagined it the way a slow exposure camera does with long swirling streaks of light.
- Go outside on a dark summer night.
- Bring a blanket and a lawn chair
- Let your eyes adjust to the darkness
- Watch for falling stars
- Look for Constellations
- Take slow exposure pictures
Try drawing or painting what you observed
Starry Starry Night
Starry Starry Night by Van Gogh
1. Look at Van Gogh's painting of Starry Night and describe what you see in the painting and how it makes you feel. Do the stars in Van Gogh's sky have five points? How would you draw stars?
2. Look at the swirls showing the wind. Notice how the short circular brush strokes and all the different shades of blue give the feeling of the wind blowing.
3. Using large black or dark blue construction paper and pastels take turns drawing the blue, white and yellow circular strokes of the wind.
4. Now focus on the buildings. What shapes do you see? Notice that the windows are left blank instead of outlined.
5. Let the children make their own Starry Starry Night drawings.
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6. Share the drawings and ask the children to explain how they used Van Gogh's techniques. Write their responses on chart paper.
7. WRITING WORKSHOP: Talk about what could be happening in their drawings. Who are the people in the houses? What are they doing? What animals would be awake at that time of night? What might they be doing?
11. Make a list of words the children might need for writing on the board. Allow the children to write about their drawings, helping by adding words to the board as needed.
Drawing a Starry Starry Night - Learning to Draw Like Vincent Van Gogh
Recreating Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night
Children at the San Jose Library in California learned how to create a painting in the style of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night.
This photo was the inspiration for this unit study. Each group of children I have introduced this activity to has thoroughly enjoyed it and been proud of making their own version of a Starry Starry Night.
Create you own Vincent VanGogh Painting
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Drawing Like Vincent Van Gogh - Drawing Starry Starry Night
12. Allow the children to share their writing, rewrite, add to their Starry Starry Night stories. Edit them and finally publish their star themed stories with their drawings.
By allowing these books to be borrowed from your classroom library, children may share their stories with parents and families. The Starry Starry Night books can then go home at the end of the year.
Vincent Van Gogh - Speed Drawing Video - Make your own class book.
Set this video up in your classroom theater. Put some drawing paper and pencils in the art center. Put a three ring notebook with page protectors in the writing center. Set up the computer center for writing and editing stories about their drawings.
After watching the video, children draw a picture, write about it, and then put the picture with their writing in page protectors in the three ring notebook.
This notebook is then added to the classroom library to be read during silent reading or to the whole class.
Van Gogh's painting of Starry Starry Night inspires experimentation not only in art but also in writing. Read lots of books about the night sky in fiction as well as non-fiction and then suggest that the children write their own Starry Starry Night story.
Be sure to have the children illustrate their stories and publish them so that they can be put in the classroom library for all to read. The following are some of my children's favorite books about starry nights.
Starry Starry Field Trip - Stars at the Art Museum
Sketching at the Art Museum
Museum Art: Bring along a sketchbook and pencil for each child. As you find paintings with stars look at the number of points. Look at the colors used to paint each star. Look at the placement of the star or stars in relation to the other objects in the painting. Are the stars the focus of the painting or the background.
Sketch some of the stars that you find.
Starry Museum Math: On the back of the paper, keep a tally of the number of stars you found. Talk about the number of paintings in the room with stars verses the number of paintings without stars and express that as a ratio.
- Getting Kids Excited About Visiting an Art Museum | Kids Out and About.com (Rochester)
For a recent trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, I prepared my kids well... and once we got there, luck took over. Here are some great tips for getting kids excited about visiting an art museum.
Sing and Learn to Read
Don McLean's song Vincent starts out with the words, "Starry, Starry Night". with pictures by Vincent Van Gogh.
Show the children pictures of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings while listening to the song. Can you find stars in both Van Gogh's paintings as well as in the music? With the children, create a poster with the words to Don McLean's song accompanied by paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. Laminate the poster and sing the song often to help children learn to read the words and get a better sense of appreciation for paintings such a Starry Starry Night.
Extension: Have the children draw stars with dry erase markers over the star words in the song.
You might use these to make a chart for shared reading as well as a book and tape for the listening center. This would also make a great Power Point Presentation to be shown in your classroom Theater. The vocabulary seems very high for K-1 but I have found that when exposed to high level vocabulary in a fun and interesting setting children will listen to it repeatedly until meaning comes to them.
Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and gray...
Make a Starry Starry Bulletin Board
Twinkle Star Bulletin Board
Cover the bulletin board with black paper or paint a wall with Black Chalkboard Paint. Then take pictures of your children, cut out their faces, attach them to large Gold Foil Paper stars and post them on the bulletin board. Consider posting them in such a way that they can get rearranged often.
Next, teach the children this variation on the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Song:
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder where you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star.
How I wonder where you are!
The teacher says, " I wonder where ________ is?" and hands the star tipped pointer to a child who finds the picture of the mentioned child and points to it.
This game is wonderful for helping children get to know each other's names. It can be used as a greeting for Morning Meeting or by changing the children's pictures to their names can be used for beginning reading activities especially when they are learning capital letters in either print or cursive.