Art School | Pointillism for Kids

by , posted on March 5th, 2013 in Art School

pointillism art project for kids

Today is a really fun art lesson exploring the world of Pointillism. If you haven’t heard of this technique, you’re in for a treat. Pointillism is a painting technique of small dots, which when put together in large amounts, can create an image or a pattern. The really neat part about the pointillist technique is that it relies on the viewer to create the connection from dot to dot, our eye is so amazing that we can blend small dots together to create fluid color and images.

This very unique painting method was created in 1886 by artists George Seurat and Paul Signac. Take a look at a few of their pointillist pieces below. First is one by Paul Signac called Breakfast.

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And here is a very famous piece by Georges Seurat that you may recognize, called Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

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To create our own Pointillist piece using this method we will need pencils with unused erasers, paint, and drawing paper.

eraser art

You’ll want a separate pencil for each paint color you use.

pointillism with erasers

By gently dipping the eraser end of the pencil into the paint, not too much paint, but just enough, you can start with your dots on paper. Be sure each time you switch colors, you pick up the right pencil.

art lesson pointillism using pencil erasers

I suggest you start with an outline first and then use the dots to fill in one area.

kids art lesson pointillism using erasers

Pretty soon the image will appear. And before you know it, a Pointillist painting! Here’s a first grader’s…

pointillism art project for kids

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2 Responses to “Art School | Pointillism for Kids”

  1. Carole Says:

    April 22nd, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    This is awesome. I am going home and working on a mosaic with my daughter right now! This is right up her alley.. :) Thanks for the wonderful art ideas.

  2. Amanda Taylor Says:

    August 8th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    We run a kilnformed glass school in Western New York and run Make-it-Now classes with kids! They love creating with o ur frit balls much in the same way as but with glass.

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