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Saturday 7 January 2012

Vincent Van Gogh Art to Teach Hot and Cold Colours

Kindergartners' versions of 'Sunflowers' by Van Gogh using only hot (warm) colours

Kindergartners' versions of 'Starry Night' by Van Gogh using cold (cool) colours

In kindergarten we did a unit of work on 'Hot and Cold'. We covered it in Science, HSIE (human society and its environment), in English, Maths and Art.

For art, I taught the children the concept of hot and cold colours (It's actually warm and cool colours but I refered to them as hot and cold to tie in with the unit). Two of the art that they did were paintings based on Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' and 'Starry Night'. For each lesson, they studied the colours used for each of his paintings. I then adapted these lessons for hot colours and for cold colours - only using hot colours for the vase of flowers and cold colours for the night scene.

When they had finished both paintings, we compared the two. Masha Allah, they could see the difference between them. They said that they felt happy and warm looking at the vase of flowers but cold yet calm looking at the night scene. Alhamdulillah, this was the objective of the lessons.

'Warm' Paintings

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