Presto-ism

Why

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.


Steps

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.


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.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

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

  • Challenge older and more advanced students to use various colors of Model Magic Presto Dots to create their landscapes! It might help to draw and sketch a guide before working with the Presto Dots.
  • See your masterpiece in 3D! Continue adding layers of dots to create depth or a focal point in the drawing.
  • Share your landscapes with the class. Does anyone recognize the locations in the drawings? Are the colors and dots used to create the landscapes the way that Seurat painted his works of art?

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Classic Crayons
  • Classic Colored Pencils
  • Model Magic®
  • Model Magic® Presto Dots™
household supplies
  • posterboard
  • heavy paper
  • oak tag or poster board
  • foam board

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students recall their favorite outdoor location and visually recreate a memory of that place.

  • Students will analyze the painting technique of Georges Seurat and adapt it to create a new style of pointillism.

Cirriculum

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