by Christie Hebert, Greensboro College

Introduction

   This lesson plan helps introduce students to a famous artist and his paintings. By sharing these famous paintings with students and encouraging them to create their own art work, students can gain confidence in themselves that they too can be great artists. This lesson plan also introduces the process needed to create a darker shade of color as well as a lighter tint of color. In this lesson plan they will add black to blue paint to create a darker shade of blue and white to blue paint to create a lighter tint of blue. This process will be applied to the paintings that they will create, an effect similar to that in Vincent Van Gogh's painting, "The Starry Night".