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Starry Night Christmas Tree

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

Looking for a festive holiday art project for your youngest students that uses limited art supplies...

Starry Night Christmas Tree!

Last year I taught art virtually. This is what kindergarten art class looked like...

we created art together via Zoom!

This is a Seesaw introduction to the art lesson. Here I am in my classroom virtually and today's art lesson is on the board. This was a popular remote learning holiday art lesson. I taught this art lesson to Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. I'm sure your students will enjoy this festive art lesson too! Please tag me at on Instagram...I would love to see what your students created!

Art Supplies Needed:

Mixed media paper, 9x12 (2 sheets of paper)

Green construction paper

Oil pastels (crayons will work too)

Watercolor paint


Sequins and/or gems


The Starry Night Christmas Tree Art Lesson is available on video.

Get your art supplies ready and follow along. You can pause the video anytime and press play when you are ready to move on! Today we will create A Starry Night Christmas Tree Landscape.

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

--Vincent van Gogh

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889.

This painting is so famous and iconic that you can find many Starry Night parodies on the internet. Here are a few

Silent Night, Starry Night Boxed Holiday Cards. This is a best selling Christmas Card available at Barnes and Noble.


Inspired by the night sky in Vincent van Gogh's, Starry Night. Students started this art project by painting the excitement of a night sky using curvy lines and spirals to create the feeling of movement. We wanted to capture the feeling of wind. Using only cold colors students also created the feeling of a cold winter night. Next class we cut out triangles using green construction papers. Students created the illusion of space in their compositions by putting the smaller trees in the background closer to the horizon line. One large tree was placed close to the bottom of the paper. Using oil pastels students drew lines inside of their pine trees. The tree in the foreground was decorated like a Christmas tree. Sequins were glued onto the tree and in the sky to create a magical winter landscape.

Starry Night Christmas Tree, student art, Kindergarten and Grade 1.

Step by step...How to create Starry Night Christmas Tree

First we talked about The Principles of Art, Rhythm and Movement. Drawing swirling lines and spirals in the sky (around the stars) helped to create the illusion of a windy night.

Starry Night Christmas Tree, teacher example.

The largest tree in the foreground was decorated with it looks like a Christmas tree!


Student Starry Night Student Art Gallery

Nora, Kindergarten

Nala, Kindergarten

Jason, Kindergarten

Lauren, Kindergarten

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