Starry Night in Bethlehem

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We are all aware of the Van Gogh painting “Starry Night.”  With this project we hope to imagine the starry night being a special one in Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. Therefore this project is called “Starry Night in Bethlehem.


  • Picture of the Van Gogh painting, Starry Night 
  • Black construction paper 
  • Oil pastels


  1. Show a picture of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Notice how the picture is made up of swirls, lines and dashes.
  2. Starting at the bottom of the black paper, and using brown and white oil pastels, make short dashes across the bottom ¼ of the paper. Above the brown and white dashes, make brown and black strokes to cover about a third of the page. With yellow and blue oil pastels, add strokes to cover to the middle of the sheet. Above the yellow and blue add just blue strokes to the top of the paper.
  3. With the brown pastel, draw a stable at the bottom, middle of the picture. Add white oil pastel over the brown to blend. Draw a crib in the center of the stable with brown. Make a white dash above the crib for the baby blanket. With peach oil pastel, make a small circle above the blanket for Jesus’ head.
  4. On the left side of the page, and using black oil pastel, make a tall Cypress tree image like in the Starry Night painting. Make yellow circles on your picture and add white dashes around them. Add white dashes in a swirl form around a couple of the circles.
  5. At the top center of the picture, draw a white dot about two inches from the top of the page. Make three lines through the circle, equal distances apart. Using a ruler, draw a white line from the bottom of the center line to each side of the stable roof. Fill between the two lines with white lines toward the stable.
  6. Outline the right side of the cypress tree with a white line. Make a bunch of white dots over the sky for stars.

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  3. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

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  4. Donna Mc says:

    Thank you so much for giving us permission to use it.
    If indeed this is the design we go with, I will give you proper credit & send you a copy.
    Thank you & God bless,

    Donna Mc

  5. GlitterQueen says:

    I give Donna McMichen and the First Baptist Church Lithia Springs permission to use my Starry Night in Bethlehem image for a church poster when including credit as: Kids & Glitter @

    Please send me a photo of your poster if possible to
    Thank you,
    Loraine Brummer

  6. Donna Mc says:

    Hello! I am a church secretary at First Baptist Church Lithia Springs.
    I am designing a publicity poster for our choir’s Christmas Music ‘One Starry Night’.
    While googling images to use on this poster I found your Starry Night in Bethlehem. I would like to ask for permission to use this image on our poster. Nothing will be sold, it would only used to publicize the choir event within our church and community.
    Please let me know if this is permissible. We would be happy include a credit to the artist.
    Thank you, and have a blessed day!
    Donna McMichen
    FBC Lithia Springs

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