{Homeschool Product Review} ~ Master Kidz The Starry Night

Something exciting happened a few weeks ago - this box came in the mail:


We received this product to review from Kidzaw.com. It is their Master Kitz The Starry Night.


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You can see more information about this product at their website http://www.kidzaw.com/the-starry-night

Now art history is fascinating to me and I love studying it with my girls, but most of the time my creative juices, with hands-on ideas, fails to flow. But not now, not with this fun project from Kidzaw.com.

Inside this sturdy box is everything you need to re-create your very own Starry Night masterpiece including all paints, stencils, pastels, and even paper. The papers and templates are wrapped up in a roll. To unroll them and have them lay flat, simply roll them in two pieces of paper in the opposite direction.

Two sheets of paper are supplied in the kit, so I was able to have both Nutsy and Dasher do this project. The directions are easy to read and are given in 12 simple steps.


There is also an insert that has these same instructions and images in French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

In step 2, you fasten the star masks to the paper.  These will eventually be the big balls of light you see in the painting.


I had previewed all of these steps so I knew not to press them down too much, as they will be removed later on in the steps.

Next we squirted some paint out on a paper and using the included roller, began to roll.


The unique pattern on the roller gave the interesting texture to the sky.


The paint is water soluble, and easily comes off of hands with soap and water. We let ours dry at this point, which only took a few moments.

Next we removed the star circles. In this kit I was given one page with six star masks on it. Since my girls were doing this simultaneously, one used the star masks given, and the other cut out black circles to tape down. Both girls had no trouble at all removing them, and the sticky ones fit back on the sheet, to be used again.


White paint went on next, to give some light to the background. And then the template fun began. We fastened the template to the paper and then used black paint to color the parts not covered.


There is only one template so the girls took turns. We used the other roller that was provided for this part - this one was smooth since it was just applying black paint to the paper.

At this point in the steps it was important that it dried completely so we put our works of art aside to learn more about Vincent van Gogh.

On the opposite side of the instructions page are many facts about van Gogh. We read through them, learning more about Impressionism and how it varied from Realism. We also read about how van Gogh then progressed to the Post-Impressionism style as he not only painted images, but gave feeling and expression to them.


I especially loved it that there were quite a few paintings on this page - ones by Rembrandt, Cezanne,  Degas, and of course, van Gogh. The girls really liked seeing the progression of painting styles, going from Realism to Impressionism to Post Impressionism, in these examples.

Their paintings were finally dry so we continued with the steps. They got out the pastels and went to work giving color to their Starry Nights.

We were given 4 colors: orange, yellow, white and blue. The girls used circular motions and blended colors to make the stars.


One daughter practiced color blending on a separate piece of paper.


I think this was their favorite part of the project. They also colored the buildings and land at the bottom, getting creative with how they personally wanted the piece to look like. This was where they were practicing their own Post Impressionism, by trying their best to put feeling into the colors and strokes.


And finally, the finished masterpieces!


I love how these paintings are similar yet so different. We talked about personal preference and being able to show yourself and your personality by your art.


This was a very fun project. I really liked it that there were rollers for parts of this, it gave my kids the ability to focus on the stars and buildings and blending their pastels. I also really appreciated that there was background information about van Gogh and Impressionism. When you read about art history you do learn, but you learn SO much more when you are actually trying to paint the same piece.

And everything can be used again - the rollers we washed out and the template, we let it dry and then rolled it back into the box. We went through about half of the paint and pastels, and so all I need to do is come up with paper that will fit the template to have them do it again if they wish.

Do check out Kidzaw.com for more fun projects! And please click below to read other reviews about this pun product.


Master Kitz The Starry Night {Kidzaw.com Reviews}


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