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Step Into a Painting; 'The Starry Night' Using Works of Art to Inspire Writing.

Tracy Lambert
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(219)
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. We may not write THAT many but we’ll use a painting and some facts about it and the artist to create our own pieces of writing; whether creative or non-fiction.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 6
Students will:
Explore their personal response to a painting
Learn basic facts about the artist, the era in which the painting was created and facts about the painting itself.
Explore descriptive vocabulary
Look at non-fiction techniques in writing
Make their own choices about what form their writing will take
Have the opportunity to take part in discussions about reactions to the painting and imaginative ideas
Be able to ask ‘what if?’ to help with creative thinking
Produce a piece of writing based on a visual stimulus. 
Writing is my passion and as well as majoring in English at university, along with Theatre Arts, I've almost 20 years of experience in teaching English in primary schools. Over those years, I have worked regularly with groups of children specifically on English writing skills and teaching creative writing online.
I also studied Art at A-Level (practical and Art History) and am a keen artist myself and love to study art and artists as well as visit the galleries that I’m lucky enough to be able to access both in Kent and London, where I've been able to see some of van Gogh's works first hand. 
Van Gogh's The Starry Night has always been my favourite of his paintings- and one of my favourite paintings overall. My ambition is to be able to finally see this painting in 'person'.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Informal assessment during class
Grades Offered
A notebook or paper and something to write with, or device to use for writing. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Content will be age-appropriate. Van Gogh's struggle with mental health will be mentioned but not explored in depth. We will focus more on the fact that his work was very much underrated and misunderstood during his life. 
The main focus in class will be on the painting itself as inspiration for writing. 
If a student wishes to write a factual piece and asks how van Gogh died, they will be told simply that he died from a gunshot wound and that there is still some debate over whether he took his own life or was killed accidentally. 
All content is created by me. Paintings used will be in the public domain or used with permission. 
Over years of study, works referred to may include (but are not limited to):
Van Gogh: The Complete Paintings by Inigo Walther and Rainer Metzger
 Van Gogh: The Life, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
Vincent van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars by Brad Bucks
Katie and the Starry Night by James Mayhew
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(219)
Hello and thank you for stopping by to find out a little more about me. I hail from the UK and live in Kent (the bottom right-hand corner as you look at the map!)
 I graduated from the University of Exeter with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree... 
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Meets once
55 min

Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-12
1-6 learners per class

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