Do you know that kid who loves to paint his body? Loves to roll in the mud? Loves to create with the tactile sense? That kid is my six-year-old son. He is a sensory seeker and can't get enough of hands-on process art projects. That is why this Van Gogh Art Activity is perfect for him.
Van Gogh Art Activity for Kids
Recently we read a biography about Vincent Van Gogh. The book is called Vincent Van Gogh (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists). I highly recommend the whole Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists Series.
After reading the biography and consulting our trust Usborne Art Treasury (see this post on reading for more information on that book), we had our project. A Vincent Van Gogh project is a dream come true for learning.
- Holland as a geographic point
- Color Mixing (his use of vibrant primary and secondary colors)
- Textures (his use of thick paints)
- Patterns (in nature such as is swirling – as a side note I highly recommend the book Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature)
Van Gogh Art Activity for Preschoolers – Materials
- Thick Paper
- Paintbrush or two
- Acrylic paint
Easy Hands-On Process Art Activity
Van Gogh Art Activity for Kids – Approach
- Sketch a landscape
- Mix paint with glue to thicken
- Paint sky
- Use a fork to create thick textures
- Paint grass and horizon
- Use the end of a paintbrush to make spirals in treetops
- Allow time to dry
The results are always fun and beautiful. Don't get stuck on particular colors or design. Let your child be creative and be his own artist. That point is an important part of any art activity.
For more art activities for toddlers and preschoolers, check out the following post: