Presto-ism lesson plan

Presto-ism! A new twist on an old favorite- pointillism made even easier. Explore the artwork of Georges Seurat and create a masterpiece of your own.

  • 1.

    Cover a sheet of heavy paper such as oak tag, posterboard, or foam board with a thin, flat layer of white Model Magic®.

  • 2.

    Add color to your blank canvas! Explore the work of Georges Seurat for inspiration! Seurat was a French painter, who mastered the technique known as pointillism, more commonly described as painting with dots. His most famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on The Island of La Grande Jatte" features a lakeside landscape of a crowded park. How did Seurat use the dots of color to create his paintings? What colors did he use to create grass, water, and sky? How can you mimic Seurat’s technique in your drawing?

  • 3.

    Where is your favorite outdoor place? Use Presto Dots to make a landscape of your own! Plan ahead by making a sketch with crayons or colored pencils so you’ll know what color dots to use in each area of your landscape.

  • 4.

    On a flat surface, flatten a small amount of Model Magic to be about as thick as your fingers. Be sure to tightly cover the remaining Model Magic in the container to prevent it from drying.

  • 5.

    Press the Model Magic Presto Dots tool firmly into the flattened Model Magic. Lift the tool, and press gently onto the sheet. Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued on. Repeat to cover the entire sheet with colorful dots to form the picture, leaving as few blank spaces as possible.

  • 6.

    Be creative! Use brilliant colors and patterns to add excitement to your landscape.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
  • LA: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Identify and describe ways family, groups, and community influence the individual's daily life and personal choices.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Sunday with Seurat by Julie Merberg; Katie's Sunday Afternoon by James Mayhew
  • Challenge students to use various colors of Crayola Model Magic Presto Dots to create their landscapes.
  • Students create their landscapes in 3-D by adding layers of dots to create depth or a focal point in the drawing.
  • Working in teams of two, students research a famous city, building, landform, etc. Students compose a one-paragraph summary of their research which does not identify the city, building, landform, etc. specifically. Student teams orally read their summary to classmates who sketch their interpretation of the reading. Next, students attempt to re-create the city, building, landform, etc. in Presto Dots. Name the location. How well did your classmates do?