Last week I bought this set (Fall Art Tutorials Seasonal Chalk Pastel Bundle) from Southern Hodgepodge. It was (and still is as of this moment) only $7.99. I don't often buy e-books, but this just looked too arty and fun for me to pass up. It was also *perfect* for our co-op.
Chalk Pastels Through the Seasons has an art project in it that focuses on recreating a known piece of artwork. Since we are studying Van Gogh via the Fine Art Pages, I thought, "Hey, why not recreate Starry Night?"
This is Van Gogh's Starry Night:
So I printed a bunch of them out and spread the kids and the pastels around the table and told them to create their own Starry Night.
I have always really liked using the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artist books. We have used them for years and I own a ton of them. They are one nonfiction book that my children read over and over again. Today, I read it out loud while the kids they did their work so we all learned about Van Gogh and the progression of his art, his techniques, and his rather tragic life.
They all did a wonderful job!
Be aware that chalk pastels are not neat art crafts and my table was quite blue at the end of it. It washes off easily though, and even the blue washed right out of a white dress!
If you decide to do a chalk art day, definitely let me know what you think of it! I was really happy with the results of all eight of the children--at all different ages and ability levels.
Aren't they pretty?
Don't they make you want to use them? :)