Famous Artists Fun: Seurat

Monday, January 30, 2012

Famous Artists Fun: Seurat

Next up in our homeschool art class we studied famous artist George Seurat.  Come join us as we discover pointilism for kids through melted crayon art.
Discovering Famous Artist Seurat for Kids - Creating Pointillism art through Melted Crayon Art

We use theses FREE Famous Artist Report Form along with whatever artist we are studying.

Pointilism Paintings for Kids

I loved going to the Orsay in Paris as a child where I got to see his beautiful Pointilism paintings!  The basics of a Pointilism painting is a whole bunch of dots that up close doesn’t look like much, but when you look back at the whole work your eye blends the dots together to see a picture. Cool, huh?! Seurat saw the Science in it and was trying to maximize light and feeling in his pictures. It took him 2 years to paint the picture with all the umbrellas below!

I bet you would recognize some if you saw them:

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Crayon Pointilism Paintings for Kids

We love melting crayons at our house!! So I came up with this project to help Goofy better visualize a Pointilism painting since we don’t live in Paris where we could see it first hand =-) We chopped up crayons (already small nubs).
breaking up the crayons

We placed them on a small canvas, spaced out, to make Goofy’s pictures of a castle. (He placed them & picked the colors) This is (kinda) what a pointilism painting looks like up close – lots of dots and you can’t tell what the picture looks like yet.
laying out crayon pieces on canvas to make a castle

Then we put his artwork on a cookie sheet in a preheated 250 F oven for 20 seconds & TADA! Can you see the castle, blue rounded door, yellow flags, and nighttime sky now? Goofy was amazed at how his picture blended & came to life – just like Seurat’s (sorta) pictures when you stand back to appreciate the beauty of the entire piece.
finished melted crayon castle

I think one of the reasons I love Pointilism so much is it reminds me of our lives. When we look up close at our day-to-day lives sometimes it is hard to understand why things happy or what God has in mind. But when we can step back (as truly only God can do) and see the big picture it all comes together to make a beautiful picture.

Favorite Art Books on Seurat for Kids 

Looking for a couple good books to learn about George Seurat? These are our favorites:

More Paintings by Famous Artists:



  1. Very fun!! As I saw your title I was thinking of the melted crayon art that I saw on Sharing Saturday where they used a candle to warm the end and then made a point. Just another idea--though probably not as easy to do with a young one.

  2. Very fun! Using crayon shavings was a good idea! We've had fun with pointillism too-- spikey balls with paint and bingo daubers! I think we might do your Monet Lillies today! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is such an awesome way to do it. I wish I would have thought of that when we did a similar thing a couple weeks ago. Thanks for linking up your great ideas to Monday Madness.

  4. I tagged you! Come on over to see what it's all about :)

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  5. I am just hopping over from my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop to thank you for linking up this week! Wow! You have budding little artists in your family! I love how much fun your kids are always having and their big happy smiles! Thanks for sharing and I hope to see you link up again next week!