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MAGsparks - Oil Pastel Starry Night

MAGsparks - Oil Pastel Starry Night

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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGsparks - March 23, 2020

We really miss our MAGsparkers so much. Monday and Wednesday afternoons are just not the same without our friends in the studio, so we wanted to bring you an activity that was a popular past project in MAGsparks for you to do in your homes!

Oil Pastel Starry Night

We will use oil pastels to create a master copy of one of the most famous paintings of all time, Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’! Pay lots of attention to the direction of the lines you draw –have them go in different directions to bring your piece to life!

You can download the instructions in an 11x17 pdf format here or the infographic here

What You Need: Mixed media paper, oil pastels, reference picture of Van Gogh's Starry Night. Visit The Van Gogh Gallery's website for a great reference image and some history about the famous painting.

Step 1: Start by using a black pastel to outline the biggest shapes in your composition! Then use a dark shade of yellow pastel to dot some stars and a moon into your sky.

Step 2: Once you’ve got the beginning elements of your composition in place, start using brown pastels to colour/shade in the dark areas. Now, remember, you don’t want to “colour” using a solid fill like you normally would— just use lines. They can squiggly or swooshy, or straight in some places. Repeating lines is the key here! Start using rhythmic lines in a lighter blue pastel to start mapping out your sky!

Step 3: Now, once you’ve gotten your layers of lighter colours done, start in with some dark navy blues and purples! Don’t forget to make the sky very rhythmic, full of swirling lines.

Step 4: Going back to your black pastel, use a few lines here and there to add more depth & contrast. Voilà, you have your own rendition of the infamous ‘Starry Night!’

magsparks starry night

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