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Van Gogh’s Starry Night… Microwaved

Yesterday for my Tuesday art class at our CC group, I taught the kids about Van Gogh. We discussed his life, art, impressionist style and my favorite painting of his, Starry Night. I explained that he used oil paint on canvas and how the oils give the painting a really neat texture. Since I’m NOT giving 4-8 year olds oil paints to work with, I came up with a fun way to let them recreate Starry Night with texture.

Puffy paint! I went through a few homemade puffy paint recipes and this is the one I liked and used because it could be microwaved and dried in 30-45 seconds! For kids this was perfect because they could feel the dried texture within minutes of making it. Oil paints take a very long time to dry, 1-2 weeks! Parents not having to take wet paintings home also was a big plus.

Puffy Paint Recipe:

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
Water
Paint or food coloring

Mix the first three ingredients and then add in water a little at a time until the consistency is about that of pancake batter.

Here is an example of the puffy paint after microwaving for 30-45 seconds on high so you can see the texture.

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I used a quadruple batch because I can have up to 16 kids sometimes. I did two of these big batches one for yellow and one for blue. The yellow I added some clear glow paint to so the kid’s moon and stars would glow.

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I put the paint in small plastic zipper bags and sealed. When it was time to paint I just snipped off the corner of the baggie and let the kids use the bags to pipe the paint where they wanted it.

First I let the kids draw their version of Starry Night on their piece of blue paper and then they used the blue and yellow puffy paint for texture.

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Here are some examples of before and after microwaving.

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I loved how they turned out and I think the kids had fun too! These are some but not all of the finished products.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Johanna :)

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I'm a mother of two adorable girls only 11 months apart, and a sweet little boy. I'm madly in love with being their mommy. My husband is a youth minister and we love serving God together with our lives. I am passionate about being a stay-at-home mother and homemaker, its such an exciting, exhausting and rewarding job!

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2 thoughts on “Van Gogh’s Starry Night… Microwaved

  1. Hi. I love your blog and really appreciate all your fun, creative ideas! I’ll definitely be incorporating this one, as I love art and am eager to expose my children (ages 2 and 4). I apologize in advance for my ignorance, but what’s a cc group? Thanks!

    Posted by masteringmotherhood | October 3, 2012, 3:11 pm
    • Hi! Thank you so much for the kind words, and I hope you and your little ones have a great time with this like we did. CC is short for Classical Conversations, which is a classical style of homeschooling curriculum. We belong to a local CC group that meets every Tuesday for classes and then we use the material all week as a supplement to our other curriculum we use in our homeschool :) I teach art in the afternoons to the younger children who have attended classes that morning. Art is a passion for me and I love teaching little ones to love it and enjoy it as well!

      Posted by crazyblessedlife | October 3, 2012, 3:45 pm

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