Van Gogh: Starry Night (Gallery Quality Painting)

Get under the surface of Van Gogh's "Starry Night"!

Starry Night by Van Gogh
The original by Van Gogh.
" He longed for an unsophisticated art which would not only appeal to connoiseurs but give joy and consolation to every human being." - E.H. Gombrich.

Starry Night by Van Gogh
Another original by Van Gogh. There are many ways to do one painting, he showed us that!

Reference Materials used in the lesson

We use a variety of source materials in the class, augmented by my practical painting demonstrations.

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
Analysing focal points and composition using the rule of 3rds.

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
We use the ideas of Cezanne as described in my book "How to Sketch Shapes" to analyse the composition of the painting.

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
Perspective. What is it? How to we use it to paint?

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
Analysing the work as a traditional landscape. Which it is!

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
Van Gogh uses a contrapuntal arabesque as his central motif.

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
My simplified painting of the scene enables us to clearly see the brush strokes and textures. We also use printouts and a large computer display.

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
We refer to my ebook Van Gogh: The Starry Night, 1889 for step by step instructions.

What a gift Van Gogh left us! A series of stimulating paintings which seem like they could have been painted yesterday.

And... they can be pretty well entirely painted with just one brush. How cool is that?

This image is from 'Paint a Masterwork: Van Gogh Starry Night', an ebook by Peter Inglis.
The hand of Van Gogh.
Actually it's my hand, but all hands are pretty similar, for the purpose of painting. In this lesson we get the opportunity to practice the basic brush stroke.

This image is from 'Paint a Masterwork: Van Gogh Starry Night', an ebook by Peter Inglis.
With just one brush and one stroke, we can create many different textures.

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
I have analysed the colours in the painting and we use this as a guide to help us mix our colour palette.

Resource materials for our Van Gogh: Starry Night painting class at Inglis Academy.
We'll use the methods of Chevreaux and his Colour Wheel to mix them, as described in my books.

Google's high res scan.

Student paintings

Yes, these are all painted by beginners in their very first lesson.

This truly is the world's most accelerated art system!

Van Gogh: Starry Night -  painted by a 3 beginners in their first lesson at Inglis Academy! Van Gogh: Starry Night -  painted by a beginner in her first lesson at Inglis Academy!
Van Gogh: Starry Night -  painted by a beginner in her first lesson at Inglis Academy! Van Gogh: Starry Night -  painted by a beginner in her first lesson at Inglis Academy!
Van Gogh: Starry Night -  painted by a beginner in her first lesson at Inglis Academy!

Videos

This 10 minute video explains what Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is about and shows how it's constructed.

What will we learn in this painting?

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