My kids love to do arts and crafts, but I dread gathering up the supplies and figuring out the steps myself. Thankfully, we got a chance to review the Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com last week. This kit is based on Vincent van Gogh’s classic painting, The Starry Night. Everything needed to complete the artwork is included in the kit.
We received 3 bottles of acrylic paints, a sticker sheet, 2 different types of paint roller applicators, a large stencil overlay, 2 big sheets of art paper to do the art project on, various oil pastels, and a booklet of instructions and lesson plan information about the artist. This is perfect for Homeschool Art because it’s all inclusive besides needing a paper plate or two for the paint, and there are plenty of steps to make sure that all of your kids can get involved if they want to.
First the kids got everything out and decided where we were going to paint. We have vinyl flooring in our kitchen, so we decided to just tape the art paper directly to our floor. Clean up of acrylic paint is no big deal with just a damp rag.
They applied the masking star stickers to the art paper before applying any paint because they keep the paint in the next steps from getting on the places where the stars needed to be.
Next, the kids used the specially-textured roller and blue paint to create the background color and design over those stars and all around. After letting that dry a little bit, they repeated this step with some white paint just along a little bit of the top of the paining to add a little bit of contrast in the colors.
Once that dried, they got the overlay stencil and the regular foam roller and went over it with black paint. Then we let that dry, too.
Once all of the paint was dry, they used the included oil pastels to add color and definition to the painting. The stars became yellow, orange,a nd white. The buildings got a little white on them, too. My sons that did this project the most were unfamiliar with oil pastels, so it was cool to use a new kind of art supply for the picture.
I think they did a pretty good job! The two boys pictured above did most of the work. We still have our second sheet or art paper to repeat the process with some of my other kids later. The rollers and stencil can be used many times if we decide to do it even more than that on our own paper!
Everything came in a sturdy box, but the large paper and stencil were rolled up. We had a hard time keeping them flat when using them, so when we get another kit, we’ll be sure to lay those flat with some weights the night before we want to do the project! Another issue we had was that we didn’t feel like there was quite enough paint to do two separate pieces of art. We were really trying to conserve it, but to have the art piece my kids wanted, we really needed more than what was provided.
Overall, we really enjoyed this kit! It was something that we spread over two days with my kids to allow time for everything to dry and to prolong the fun! My kids’ favorite part was the textured roller to help create the background with the blue and white acrylic paint. We will be looking into the other kits that Kidzaw.com has available.
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