It's been an exciting few weeks painting like Van Gogh! Week one we saw how Van Gogh used brush strokes in Starry, Starry Night to express not just his feelings, but also, different types of weather. Then we had fun practicing using brushstrokes to describe different feelings and types of weather.
Weeks two and three we found the horizon lines in several different paintings by various artists. We learned that the horizon line is the line that divides the earth and the sky. Everything above the line is the sky, and everything below is the earth. Then, we sketched out our landscapes on a thick sheet of paper. As we worked, tables took turns painting on our BIG mural!
Week four we discussed the painting technique Van Gogh used called IMPASTO! (when you say IMPASTO, you have to say with an Italian accent!) To learn about what IMPASTO, check out this presentation Miss Pourcho made: http://prezi.com/u3xacp0mpbi2/present/?auth_key=ig2ic6w&follow=hrfagncfmtgk&kw=present-u3xacp0mpbi2&rc=ref-22625533
Second graders are still hard at work painting North's version of Starry, Starry Night. The finished painting will be hung in the cafeteria alongside last year's Monet Mural! Stay tuned for more photos!