The Year 5 topic last term was Stargazing so I decided that it would be a good opportunity to study Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night'.
The children were given a brief introduction into the life of Van Gogh and some of the important principles in his work. One being colour theory.
Did you know that Van Gogh used balls of wool to help him to decide what colours would look good together?
We looked at primary colours and how they can be mixed to create secondary colours. How to create tints and shades, we also looked at opposite colours and complimentary colours.
We then looked at some mark making and how you can use a paintbrush to create different effects as well as trying out two different mediums.
In our final lesson each class recreated 'The Starry Night'. Each student had a small section of the painting and each form group used a different medium. One used watercolour paint, one used chalk pastels and one used collage.
The effect was stunning, they had absolutely grasped the mark making and the colour theory behind the piece. Their individual work was stuck together to create one large piece that is now displayed around the school.
The children can now make direct comparisons and evaluate which technique worked the best as well as understanding how to work as a team to achieve the same goal.
Here are a few example of their work which I am sure you will agree is pretty amazing!