I've always loved The Starry Night. The sky is kept from twisting and swirling into darkness by the pulsating stars. The moon hangs in the corner like a lantern casting light into the edge of night's dark cloak. A large cypress tree stands guard over the quiet, sleepy village below. Each brush stroke is part of the movement of a dancing sky and a dreaming earthly home below.
This is why I am painting this work of art outside my classroom door. I hope students can see how I attempt to make my own rendering of this artwork. Students will see how I struggle and how every painting goes through, what I like to call, the "wonky phase" when nothing looks as you had planned or want it to be- and that's okay! That's exactly how it should be for awhile. I hope my students see that to create something great is a challenge, but it is worth the effort. As Vincent van Gogh said, "I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."