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Presto-ism! A new twist on an old favorite- pointillism made even easier. Students explore the artwork of Georges Seurat and create a masterpiece.
Invite students to explore the work of Georges Seurat, a French painter who mastered the technique known as pointillism. This technique is described as painting with dots.Provide students with a variety of text and electronic resources to learn about Seurat's life and professional career. .
Gather paintings by Seurat such as "A Sunday Afternoon on The Island of La Grande Jatte" which features a lakeside landscape of a crowded park. Have students discuss what they are viewing. 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?
Once the discussion has drawn to a close, ask students cover a sheet of heavy paper such as oak tag, posterboard, or foam board with a thin, flat layer of white Model Magic®. Invite them to add color to this blank canvas using Seurat's pointillism technique.
Ask students to consider their favorite outdoor place. Use Presto Dots to make a landscape of their own! Have students plan ahead by making a sketch with crayons or colored pencils so they’ll know what color dots to use in each area of their landscapes.
On a flat surface, students flatten a small amount of Model Magic to be about as thick as their fingers. Remind students to tightly cover the remaining Model Magic in the container to prevent it from drying.
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.
Encourage students to be creative! Use brilliant colors and patterns to add excitement to landscapes. Allow time for Model Magic to dry.
While landscapes are drying, have students compose a paragraph describing the location of their landscapes and why these were favorites. Display landscapes with student writing.
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