Anyways, I wanted to share a few of the essays that I really enjoyed reading. When students wrote these essays, I did have the September 2012 Scholastic Art magazine available for reference, as well as 5-6 VanGogh books from the library. These students obviously used their resources as well as information they retained in their memory from the VanGogh presentation.
Mine is a landscape and my landscape is compared to Starry Night. Ours are the same because we both have swirls in our sky. Also we both have a building. Also VanGogh has bushes. I'm now going to tell you how they're different because I don't have trees and he does. He also has buildings and I don't because I only have 1 building.
I used lines and texture. I used them in my barn and my sky and I used them with a short brush. I went back and forth. I have nothing that I want to change because I think it looks good. Well I would like to change the sky but that's it.
I like his artworks because it has lots of elements. Also because he has lots of sad colors. I have seen Starry Night and that's my favorite. Starry Night is my favorite because it has my favorite colors on it. Also I like Starry Night because it has bright colors on it.
I would ask him what painting out of all of them he likes best. I would ask him that because he has so many paintings and I think that he has a favorite. If I would get to see him I would tell him that some of his paintings are hanging up in McDonald's and I would tell him that I like his Starry Night.
I loved this essay because it was surprising from the particular student who wrote it! I honestly hadn't expected it to be as detailed as it was. I also really loved that the student made the connection at our local McDonalds! There are faded reproductions of VanGogh's art hanging in the restaurant. The student told me that they had been at McDonalds and realized those were VanGogh paintings. When they started talking about it, they said the workers there were asking questions to see what the student knew! I was impressed.
This essay was the best one I had. The student used awesome details and a lot of art vocabulary! It was also one of the most well-supported essays that was written!