Each term we choose a different artist to study and look at six of the artist's work over that term. This term's artist is Vincent Van Gogh and yesterday the children had the chance to quietly observe and then narrate all that they remembered about the painting, The Starry Night.
Our artist study usually goes something like this-
1. show the painting/art to the children and ask them to "take a picture of it with their mind's eye",While they are narrating I am sure to have a pencil and paper ready to write everything that they say down with precision because it usually comes quickly in one steady stream of words and expressions.
2. allow them to gaze at it for a minute or two (they will usually announce when they are "ready" to move to the next phase),
3. hide the art and ask each child to tell me what they remember about the painting and how they felt when they were looking at it.
After they are through narrating, I bring the painting back into view and then read their descriptions to them as they are looking at the painting once again.
Here is what they had to say about The Starry Night...
Artist study is a simple and beautiful way to expose your children to art within your home and only takes a few moments.
“It looked like winds were blowing. I saw stars and a moon in the right-hand
corner of the painting. I saw a town and a big black building that looked like
a pointy rock. I saw blues and turquoises. The paining made me feel happy.”
“There were stars. There were houses. I saw grass in front and the houses
near the front of the painting looked really big because they were closer to us.
I saw golden. The painting made me feel happy.”