Categories: Art

Easy Van Gogh Art Activity for Kids

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.

Learning Points

  • 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

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:

The BEST Art Activities for Toddlers

Marnie

Marnie Craycroft

Marnie hails from Maine where she spent summers buried in sand and winters buried in snow. She is the daughter of a nearly four decade veteran of the public school systems. Teaching has always been a part of her life. She founded Carrots Are Orange in 2010.

Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori learning and living website for parents and teachers.

Marnie graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a BA in Economics. She spent nearly a decade working in investment management. In 2006, she earned her MA in business from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999 and currently lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons. She is Montessori trained. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, Huffington Post, and WhattoExpect.com. Besides writing, passions include running (usually after her three sons), photography, and outdoor adventures.

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