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Get inspired by the impasto technique used by Vincent van Gogh to make this sculptural keepsake! Students roll Model Magic® coils to cover a foam ball in the style of a great masterpiece.
Invite students to research images and information about Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh’s mental illnesses and inner-ear issues made him feel dizzy much of the time. These medical challenges most likely led him to use the thick swirling blobs of paint found on many of his most famous masterpieces.
Van Gogh died a pauper, but his more 700 drawings and paintings are worth millions today. One of his most famous paintings is "Starry Night." In this painting the sky is deep, dark blues and yellows swirling around stars and a moon. Van Gogh’s paint was very thick, and he used a technique called impasto. Students can do something similar with varying coils of Crayola Model Magic® compound! It is a wonderful way to interpret this technique.
Students begin by poking both ends of a short ribbon into a foam ball with a paperclip. Use a thin layer of Model Magic background color to cover the entire ball. Model Magic air-dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.
Several coils can be rolled in colors selected by students. Gently press these coils on the ball to outline each one. Fill the space with different colored coils of Model Magic. Van Gogh loved to use yellow to express happiness and often added unexpected colors within others. For example, white, yellow, and orange swirls are incorporated into the blues, some very dark, of his sky. Encourage students to add bits of extra colors and leave them swirled in the coils. After the first layer is filled, add extra layers of coils on these objects until satisfied with the ornament.
Provide time in the school day for students to share with small groups of classmates how they incorporated Van Gough's artistic techniques into their artwork.
If time permits, students may want to make a series of ornaments for each masterpiece they admire!
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