This activity is suitable for the classroom or at home. It’s a great opportunity for kids to try a different style and learn about one of history’s greatest artists; Van Gogh. They will also learn the difference between warm and cool tones.


You will need:

  • An image of one of Van Gogh’s work as inspiration (we choose the ‘The Starry Night’)
  • Koh-I-Noor Magic Pencils, Card 5
  • Micador Drawing Paper, A4 Pad





Step 1: Trace or draw your design

Using an image of Van Gogh’s work as a reference, sketch an outline of your design onto some drawing paper. Use elements of Van Gogh’s artwork to inspire you, for instance a city skyline or dark sky.

Step 2: Choose a tone

Choose a tone for your work. It can be WARM tones of red, yellow and orange, or COOL tones of green, blue and purple. You can also do a mix.

Step 3: Add colour!

Start colouring in your masterpiece, try to emulate Van Gogh’s technique by using your magic pencils to draw lots of short strokes to colour in your picture, instead of colouring in smooth coloured patches. Keep shading with short strokes until your artwork is complete.

Step 4: Finish and display

Your work is done! Remember to sign your name in a corner of your drawing and create a colourful wall in a classroom or your bedroom wall!
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