Let’s talk about line…

In order to help students understand the element line, I chose to break Starry Night down to its essence. Utilizing just white line on black paper the students explored how to create the principle of movement with line. We first concentrated on the stars and how Van Gogh used line to create movement around them to create a glorious sky! The students took off and I think most would agree that fourth graders can show off what they know now about how to combine the elements and principles. Next? To apply this to a work that is their own landscape! It’s imperative for students to integrate knowledge into a new construct.

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