Then we painted. I gave them only red, yellow and blue. Any additional colours, they had to mix. I was amazed at the rainbow of tints and shades many of them came up with, and how some of them really got the concept of experimenting with blending and circling. I was amused at how some of the children incorporated themselves into their artwork, even though the original Van Gogh did not include any people, hehe.
At the end, I read aloud the book to the students. Several of them recognized the artwork on the final page of the story, and got very excited about it! (And for those who didn't, at least it was a first exposure to this popular artist's work.)