Pointillism

Why

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.


Steps

1. 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?


2. What other materials can be used to create a pointillist picture? Experiment with a variety of products like Crayola Markers, Crayola Slick Stix™, and even Crayola Model Magic® Presto Dots™!


3. 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!


4. Flatten a small amount of Model Magic on a hard surface like a table. Press a circular Presto Dots tool firmly into the flattened Model Magic and lift to create a Model Magic dot! 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 your paper. Combine a variety of different colored dots to create interesting Pointillism effects!


5. 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.


6. Choose any of the Markers, Slick Stix, or Presto Dots to make the dots for your drawing, or combine all the materials for a really intriguing image!


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Modeling Tools—Use the least dangerous point or edge sufficient to do the job. For example, craft sticks, plastic knives and forks, and cookie cutters can cut or carve modeling materials.

Adaptations

  • Let the colors of nature inspire you! Seurat and Signac often featured landscapes in their paintings. Take the class outside for a study of light, shadow, and colors and create a Pointillism landscape!
  • Challenge older and more advanced students to use warm and cool colors when creating highlights and shadows. How does this make the drawing more realistic?
  • Pointillism artists drew their inspiration from another style of art called Impressionism, which uses loose brushstrokes of color to create movement in paintings. Swirl and blend colors of Model Magic to give an Impressionist style to your Presto Dots before adding them to your drawing!
  • Share your drawings with the class. Compare each student’s use of the materials and colors. Do your dots of color blend to create a picture the way Seurat and Signac’s do?

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Crayons
  • Classic Crayons
  • Washable Crayons
  • Markers
  • Classic Markers
  • Assorted Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • Twistables®
  • Twistables® Markers
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Twistables® Crayons Trayola™
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
  • Twistables® Markers
  • Washable Markers
  • Model Magic® Presto Dots™
household supplies
  • white paper
  • aprons

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students will research the artwork of Georges Seurat and Paul Signac to explore Pointillism.

  • Students will identify painting techniques and uses of color that are unique to the Pointillism movement.

  • Students will experiment with a variety of media to produce new pointillism techniques.

  • Students will apply the techniques they discover to their own creative works of art.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards