Vincent van Gogh in Clay: Art for Kids
We love hands-on learning – especially when it comes to art! We recently had the opportunity to learn about Vincent van Gogh and then, using what we learned, we mimicked his technique of impasto and created our own clay masterpieces. Not only did we have an absolute blast learning and creating, but the children actually retained what they learned and asked to learn more about other famous artists. To see how our Vincent van Gogh inspired art came out, please continue reading below.
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I’ve had my eye on Homespun and Hands-On amazing art kits for ages so when they asked if I’d like to review their Van Gogh in clay kit, I was thrilled! They sent us a red level kit (for ages 5-7) and a yellow level kit (for ages 8-10). They also offer a blue kit (for ages 11-13).
As soon as the kits arrived, I was so impressed. The kits were generously packed with high-quality supplies, stunning visuals, and easy-to-follow instructions. I could quickly see the time and care that went into creating the kit.
Included in the kit:
- Kit Instructions
- Terracotta Air-Dry Clay (2-1/2 lbs.)
- Natural Wood Clay Mini Rolling Pin
- Natural Wood Clay Modeling Tools (5)
- 1 oz. Glass Pots of Acrylic Paint (5)
- 1 oz. Glass Pot of Acrylic Pottery Glaze
- Natural Wood & Bristle Paintbrushes (3)
- No. 2 Pencil
- Van Gogh’s Use of Texture & Line Guided Instruction and Visuals
- Getting to Know Vincent Van Gogh Handout and Answer Key
The kids were so excited to learn about Vincent van Gogh and to create their own masterpieces. We started by reading over the instructions and I loved all the tips and hints that were included as well as how they encouraged the children to think like an artist and included simple instructions on how to mimic Van Gogh’s techniques when creating their own artwork.
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Next, we read the guided instruction sheet and learned about Vincent van Gogh’s life, his art, and his use of texture and line. This guide is what sets this clay kit apart! I was so impressed with the quality of instruction and how easy they made it to teach the children about Van Gogh and his techniques.
Once we read the guides, viewed and discussed the included artwork prints, and completed the handouts, it was time to get started on our own masterpieces.
The children loved using all the tools to roll and sculpt their clay.
Miss 4’s work in progress:
Miss 7’s art is nearly done:
Once they finished, it was time to let the clay dry.
After the clay was dry, the girls enjoyed painting their art. Plenty of paint was included – enough for several projects!
The girls had fun mixing colors as well.
Once their masterpieces were painted and dry, they glazed them.
They turned out so well and we all really learned a lot about Van Gogh! In fact, we have so much clay, paint, and glaze left over that we just might make a few more mini clay masterpieces to give as gifts.
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