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We’re making a point to break the mold on Pointillism! Experiment with different materials and techniques as you explore the art of Seurat & Signac.
Explore the style of art called Pointillism. Artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac are very well known for their contributions to the Pointillism movement. They combined tiny dots of color to create a painting. From a distance, the dots blend together to form a picture! What examples of their works can you find? How do these artists use paintbrushes and colors in unique ways? Organize a variety of text and electronic resources for students to use during their research.
Ask students what other materials can be used to create a pointillist picture? Experiment with a variety of products like Crayola Washable Markers, Crayola Slick Stix™, and even Crayola Model Magic®!
To use Markers and Slick Stix, gently press down onto paper to create colorful dots. Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface with newspaper. Blend colors by placing dots close together to give the illusion of another color. For example, dots of blue and yellow near each other will appear green from far away!
Flatten a small amount of Model Magic on a hard surface like a table. Press a Crayola Marker cap firmly into the flattened Model Magic. Remove the Model Magic and roll it into a small ball. Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together. You may need some glue to stick Model Magic dots to the paper. Combine a variety of different colored dots to create interesting Pointillism effects!
On a sheet of heavy white paper or oak tag, design your own Pointillism picture. Choose a bright, colorful subject, like a sunny apple orchard you’ve visited or your favorite sporting event. You may wish you sketch out your drawing with colored pencils or crayons first and plan where each dot color will go.
Students choose any of the Markers, Slick Stix, or Model Magic to make the dots for drawings, or combine all the materials for a really intriguing image!
Students share their artwork with small groups of classmates. As they present their work, encourage them to incorporate information from research into their talks.
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