Starry Night Over The City: Free Lesson Plan Download

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This is the perfect lesson to marry art history, architecture, and drawing. Students will use a wide array of elements and principles to achieve a stunning composition. After creating a sky inspired by Starry Night, students will use their observational skills to create drawings of buildings to collage on top. This is a great opportunity to learn about a specific style of architecture, like Art Deco, or to highlight buildings in your own area. Either way, this lesson is particularly good for teaching students to draw what they see instead of what they think they see. Students will be impressed with themselves after completing such detailed and spectacular multi-media compositions.

If you’re looking for a book to introduce this lesson, A Walk in New York by
Salvatore Rubbino is a great choice.

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3 years ago


  • Jonathan Hill

    I have a student that just made a scratchboard piece that grew from a Japanese Notan design. She drew a maremaid on a rock surrounded by waves a night sky with swirling Van Goch ttype background. looks great! She is going to make a second scratchboard of an alien ship landing in the middle of “Stary Night” we’re looking in to buying the colored inks to use along with scratchboard.

    When I saw your idea I always think of the Dr. Who images of the Tardis flying through a Van Goch sky.

    • Lee Ten Hoeve

      Yes, there are so many possibilities Jonathan! Have fun with it.