During homeschool this morning, we read 'Katie and the Sunflowers' by James Mayhew, then 'In the Garden with Van Gogh' by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober. Both are really great books for introducing preschoolers to classic art.
The last picture in the 'In the Garden...' book is of Van Gogh's Starry Night. My kids probably looked at it for 10 seconds at best.
When we were done reading, I turned on some music and told them we were going to paint. Usually, all our art projects are very open ending, so that they will use their own little creative brains to make something that looks awesome to them. This time I had an abundance of black construction paper, so I gave them all a piece and threw out an idea, "Maybe you could do a painting kind of like the Starry Night painting"...then I walked away.
This is what I came back to...
I must confess, I was impressed! He explained to me that the tall red thing was the building and the white swirls were the stars. I hadn't really expected him to copy the picture, but he was very proud of himself, and so was I!
*If anyone can help me figure out why some of my pictures are only half there, I'd be grateful!