If you’re not sure how to spark a discussion, try:
· What do you think is going on in this painting?
· Where do you think this is? Why?
· How do you think Van Gogh made this?
· Tell me about the colors that you see.
· What season do you think this is
Now, let’s get to the art activity.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Modeling clay-- You’ll need colors that match the painting (blue, white, yellow and green).
· Cardboard – Cut the front off of a cereal or cracker box instead of buying a sheet.
· A craft stick – Or a popsicle stick
· A pencil or marker
Here’s What You’ll Need To Do:
1. Cut the cardboard into a rectangle. I sized it to roughly 5x7 inches, but you can choose your own.
2. Have your child draw what he sees in the real artwork (or reproduction) onto the cardboard with a pencil or marker. Add in some artsy vocabulary such as horizon line (explain it as the line that divides the ground and the sky). Don’t worry if your child’s drawing looks very basic. The simpler, the better. He can draw a patchwork of squares and rectangles.
3. Tear apart the clay into quarter-sized pieces.
4. Your child can spread out or “finger paint” with the clay, creating different patches of grass and wheat fields, and a sky.
5. Add some more texture. Your child can drag the craft stick over the clay, creating brush stroke-like patterns.
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