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?
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?”
Pointillism Art Project for Kids
- retractable pen
- Tempera paint
- Card stock paper (I like to use card stock because it’s thicker than construction paper and holds more paint)
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.
3. Press the paint-covered pen onto the paper. As your child presses it down it leaves behind a dot – or point.