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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Starry, Starry night

As winter draws in and Christmas approaches children have been looking at Van Gogh’s iconic image  The Starry night. Veena used a traditional teaching method with the children to help them look at the painting and reinterpret it in their own way.

Veena often runs pop up painting workshops where adult groups meet to paint together and reproduce paintings in various styles. She leads the session as ‘Master’ (we like ‘Mistress’) and the group simply paint together  - copying the work, gestures and techniques of the ‘mistress’, whilst adding in their own personal touches.

dsc_0020Veena gave each child a white primed card surface of card and some blue, white and yellow paint.

While we were setting up, children looked at Van Gogh’s Starry night and made a simple colouring of the image to focus their looking.dsc_0030 Veena then began to paint and the children followed, discussing style and technique as they went.dsc_0056

dsc_0066 dsc_0067 dsc_0069 dsc_0070 dsc_0071 dsc_0072It was interesting to see how the same starting point created so many different approaches.

The children completed the background in the first session.

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The resulting paintings were really beautiful and meaningful – they would make lovely Christmas cards.

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Next week the children will add some finishing touches using some glow in the dark paint, for a really contemporary twist – they can’t wait to finish!

Thank you Veena for a wonderful term’s work – you have inspired the children make some stunning work.




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