Cycle 2 Week 18- Van Gogh’s Starry Night

I’m super excited that Van Gogh is part of our great artists line up this year. Talk about a famous artist. His work also provides a link in the chain of how we got from realistic artwork to abstraction in the early 1900s, which is a great topic of conversation.

This project walks students through replicating Van Gogh’s famous painting Starry Night. I love that we learned about astronomy this year, and can connect our knowledge about stars and phases of the moon to this painting. Students can even arrange the stars in the painting into their favorite constellation!


  • Dark blue (or black) heavyweight paper
  • Tempera paints
  • Palettes or paper plates
  • Paint brushes
  • Clean-up: cups, water, paper towels, tablecloths
  • Optional: construction paper, scissors, and glue
  • Images of Van Gogh’s work, including Starry Night






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