I loved the results of this lesson from Deep Space Sparkle when I first saw it. I decided to try it with my kids and another little boy that came to our house for art time. We talked about cool and warm colors, looked at the use of lines in Starry Night and then had them choose if they the sky or land to be warm colors or cool colors. This was their finished results. My girls really loved this project.
We had such a fun time that we decided to do it with my summer art class. Although we gave it a twist this time around. We talked about how to create depth in your art work by having a background, middle ground and foreground. I encouraged them to also try to use warm or cool colors. I used Starry Night to help them identify where his background, middle ground and foreground were. I also encouraged them to use lines in their sky to create movement similar to Van Gogh's Starry Night. Here were our finished results. I loved how they turned out and with such a great variety between the differences in skill and subject matter. (Sorry the colors are slightly off - trying to photograph these were tad more difficult.)
1. Take a 12x18 piece of black construction paper and cut it so you have a 9x12, a 6x12 and a 3x12 piece.
2. Have the students draw their sky on the large background paper first. Make sure the designs they want shown are in the upper third of the background.
2. Have them draw the middle ground - hills, city, mountains, water, trees, animals etc on the medium sized paper. Cut out the top spaces so it has more dimension and negative shapes.
3. Draw the foreground on the smallest paper. That could be waves, beach, a hill, grass, etc.
5. Fold the edges back about 1/4 - 1/2 inch on the middle paper, to make a tab that will wrap around the back of the large paper to staple it. Fold it in half.
6. Do the same thing you did in step 5 only fold the side tabs twice as large as the middle tabs so that it will pop out in front. Line the papers up and staple the tabs to the background.
We were able to get it down in within the hour art class, but we were pushing it with 11 kids. If you have a larger class, you might want to do it in stages so they have more time to do a really good drawing.