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This lesson uses Impressionist Van Gogh’s Starry Night to teach the hatching technique (cross-curricular ideas included)
9, 12, 11, 10
By – Cecilia Elizondo-Valdez
Primary Subject – Art
Grade Level – 9-12
- TLW become cognizant of the Impressionistic style of Vincent van Gogh and background on the artist
- TLW become familiar with value/drawing technique of hatching.
- Pencils, erasers, markers, large manila drawing paper, visuals, print of
- or any other Van Gogh work with lots of hatch-like line.
- Hold out a coloring book–open it, and tack it up on the board. Begin to color in one page, as they normally would. “How am I doing class?” Once they comment on how well you’re doing, go to the opposite page and begin to fill in the picture using hatch marks–Ask again, “How am I doing?” The class will of course be in an uproar–explain that what you are doing is called “Hatching” and then go on to explain a bit more in depth as to technique. This is your introduction into direct instruction.
- Explain hatching
- Give examples of hatching in art
- Intro Van Gogh and display print of Starry Night
- Explain how he used tiny lines to create his works
- Model technique
- Have some student volunteers come up to board and demonstrate correct hatching technique
- Model steps of how to draw a rendition of Van Gogh’s Starry Night (example: “Draw the big shapes first, then begin filling them in with hatch marks…” etc.)
- Students will create a hatching study of Van Gogh’s
Starry Night Closure:
- Q&A; —- “What is hatching? How did we use hatching? In what ways was your design like Van Gogh’s design? How was yours different? How would you change it?”
- I give a photocopy outline of
- to slower-paced learners; depending on ability, they can hatch right on the copy or trace it.
- Compose a poem about how Van Gogh was feeling when he created Starry Night
- Write a short narrative entitled The Starry Night, based on the work.
- Have students act out an impromptu skit about how Van Gogh may have found inspiration behind the work.
- Science–astronomy, night/day
- Social Studies–Dutch culture
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