Pointillism Art Project for Kids

The pointillist painters of the past may have used brushes to get their colorful patterned look. But, that doesn’t mean your child has to! Combine art with math and music (yes, music) into one ‘famous artist’ activity. How?
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Let’s start with a bit about pointillism. 

With a quick Internet search you can bring up plenty of pictures from this artistic movement. Look for works by the founding fathers of the technique – Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Ask your child to look at the images (you can also find reproductions in art books at the library or – if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby – visit an art museum that is showing works in this genre). Talk about what your child sees, asking her open-ended questions such as, “How do you think the artist made this?” or, “What do you see going on in this artwork?”

Now it’s time to start the art-making! This activity is a no-paintbrush-included project. Instead of a fine brush, your child is going to use the bottom of a pen. But, you can’t just use any pen. Well, technically you can. But, if you want to get the full effect use a push/click retractable pen. It doesn’t matter of the pen is blue, black, red or any other color. Your child will be using the part that she pushes down (on the opposite side of the ink) only.

Pointillism Art Projects for Kids

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • retractable pen 
  • Tempera paint   
  • Card stock paper (I like to use card stock because it’s thicker than construction paper and holds more paint)
Pointillism art projects for kids
Here’s What to Do:
1. Pour the paint onto a palette (or use a piece of wax paper – it works well as an inexpensive barrier). Make quarter-sized pools.

2. Dip the click-able end of the pen into the paint.
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3. Press the paint-covered pen onto the paper. As your child presses it down it leaves behind a dot – or point.

4. Continue! Your child can create patterns (exploring math) and make larger shapes. She can make a tree, flower, face or anything else that she wants. As your child presses the pen down on the paper it will make a noise. She can create her own rhythm (again, sing patterns) and even make up a song.
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Your child can use realistic colors or a whole rainbow of hues. In between pressing the pen down on the paper, simply wipe the paint off with a towel. She can fill up the entire paper or make a few different designs.

Famous Artists Projects for Kids

Erica Loop is a mom, parenting writer and educator with an MS in child development. When she's not teaching, she's busy writing kids' activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, TwitterGoogle+, and Instagram.

Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.