Vincent Van Gogh Art Lesson

Art Projects and Curriculum

Introduce young artists to the mesmerizing world of Vincent van Gogh with our engaging art lesson plans tailored for kindergarten and elementary students. Explore van Gogh's iconic masterpieces, such as 'Starry Night,' and delve into his expressive brushwork and vibrant color palette. Our dynamic lesson plans inspire creativity and imagination, guiding students to create their own van Gogh-inspired artworks while learning about this legendary artist's life and style.

Student Artwork Showcase


Post Impressionism







About Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Born in 1853, he is best known for his bold, vibrant, and distinctive style, which captured the emotions and beauty of the world around him. Van Gogh's works are characterized by their bright colors, thick impasto brushwork, and energetic lines.

Despite struggling with mental health issues throughout his life, van Gogh produced over 2,000 works of art in a career that spanned just over a decade. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time, and his works continue to be celebrated for their beauty, originality, and emotional power. Today, van Gogh's works can be found in major museums around the world, and he remains one of the most famous and beloved artists of all time.

Vincent Van Gogh Art Lesson, Activity & Projects for Elementary

The life and art of Vincent van Gogh is presented in an assembly to make art history come alive. Songs about Vincent van Gogh will be played and students can be chosen to put on the dress-up props related to this engaging artist.  These activities help to motivate the children to investigate the artistic genius of Vincent van Gogh. In their classroom art activities texture is emphasized as they create their own oil pastel masterpieces of A Starry Night. An absolute favorite! Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Starry Night Compositions with Movement, Texture

Vocabulary Learned

background, brush strokes, foreground, self-portrait, spiral, texture

Student Art Supplies

Oil Pastels
Art Lessons for Vincent Van Gogh

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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The Meet the Masters program has been a real blessing for not only my classroom, but also to me as an individual. I love learning about the lives of these artists, and then seeing the students apply the artists’ techniques themselves. Even if you already have a stock of “projects” that you rely on, Meet the Masters is a wonderful addition to your program. I recommend this to every teacher I know!

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Principal, Beautiful Savior, Grove City, OH

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  • Implementation guide to manage scheduling, volunteers & communication
  • Multi-level, age-appropriate curriculum for all seven artists in this track
  • Engaging PowerPoint visuals that include vocabulary, art concepts & music
  • Timed, illustrated & scripted lessons perfect for teachers or volunteers
  • Hands-on technique worksheets, art project details, art prints, games & props

*Art supplies and teacher/volunteer training DVDs can be added to your order.