Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Van Gogh and Chagall Paint by Number..... sort of

You can find books that have paintings by the Masters in outline for coloring in purposes. I scanned these in and printed them to A2, mounted them to board and cut them up into pieces. On the backs of the pieces I allocated a color scheme, warm and cool colors worked well. The pieces were all mixed up and then divided out to the students who had know idea what they made. All the students had to do was color with the outlined scheme and add as much detail and texture as they like. When all are colored ask the students to work together to piece the two painting back into shape. It is best to use two paintings at a time so the students can't figure it out; my students thought it was an underwater farm scene at the beginning! I used this lesson as an induction to art for year 6 students moving into year 7. The finished images were hung in their new form rooms.


  1. When you say year six, year seven....are you talking about their age or their grade? 6 yr olds or are they 6th graders? Just wondering!!

    Ted E (art teacher in Nashville,TN)

  2. These are beautiful! A wonderful learning experience for your students.

  3. Incredible! Which book did you use? There seem to be many out there. -Su

  4. Wow Amazing!!!!!
    These are really very beautiful.

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  5. what a great idea!! and the colour scheme worked so beautifully..