My idea is to make a bulletin board dedicated to the ArTiSt in every student. I made this printable for my board.
One of the best lessons is Vincent Van Gogh, he is a great artist to use to teach texture and line. I found this really good you tube video tribute to Vincent and it shows a lot of his famous work.
I then simplify the lesson by having the students practice making small lines with pastel crayons. Once they master this technique I have the students try blending colors (I did this step in Grade 5, not with the lower kiddos).
When they are ready I have the kiddos create their own starry night (I left the image of Vincents on the Smart Board for a reminder).
Lastly, I had the students create a night time scene by using black paper.
Here are some of my Grade 2's artistic creations.
I am so impressed with the amount of patience many of my kiddos used. I have taught this lesson to a Grade 1-2-3 combined class as well as a Grade 5 class and something clicked when I taught it to these Grade 2's! They took this assignment so seriously. I even joked that I should only hear their pastels tapping the papers (not thinking these chatty cathies could ever do that) but they did! So much commitment to their art.