Pointillism Painting

6 days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements, organizational principles, patterns, relationships, techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

P.2 Demonstrate skillful use of appropriate vocabularies, tools, instruments, and technologies of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

Objectives:

·         Students will create a watercolor pointillism painting based off of Georges Seurat’s artwork.

·         Students will learn about pointillism and apply this new technique to produce a piece of artwork.

·         Students will learn about and study Georges Seurat.

·         Students will re-visit/learn color theory – primary colors, secondary colors, complementary colors, and how to mix and create colors.

·         Students will strengthen their drawing skills.

Vocabulary Words:

Pointillism, Georges Seurat, complementary colors, primary colors, secondary colors

Preparation:

Get out: rough draft paper, 12x18” white paper, watercolor paints, Q-Tips, newspaper, paper towels, water cups, and examples of Georges Seurat’s artwork. Make sure to enough copies of Georges Seurat’s biography for each student. (Students will help get water and pass out painting supplies on painting days).

Materials and Resources:

·         example of Watercolor Pointillism

·         evaluation sheet

·         12x18” white paper

·         Watercolor paints

·         Q-Tips

·         copies of Georges Seurat’s biography

·         example of  Georges Seurat’s artwork

·         water cups

·         newspaper (to protect desks)

·         pencils

·         paper towels



 

 

Motivation – Instruction:

  • Discuss and read about Georges Seurat.
  • Discuss and make a class list of different rain forest and jungle animals.
  • Teacher will show example of project and examples of Georges Seurat’s artwork.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Teacher will demonstrate how to create a pointillism painting using Q-Tips and watercolors.
  • Teacher will explain how to physically mix colors together and how you can visually mix colors, by placing colored dots next to one another.
Procedure:

Day 1:

  • Discuss and read about Georges Seurat.
  • Discuss and make a class list of different rain forest and jungle animals.
  • Teacher will show example of project and examples of Georges Seurat’s artwork.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will draw a rough draft of a jungle or rain forest animal plus a background environment.
Day 2:

  • Students will draw their final copy of their animal and background on good white 12x18” paper.
  • Teacher will demonstrate how to create a pointillism painting using Q-Tips and watercolors.
  • Teacher will explain how to physically mix colors together and how you can visually mix colors, by placing colored dots next to one another.
  • Students will begin painting their pictures using the pointillism technique.
Day 3:

·         Students will continue to paint their pictures.

Day 4:

·         Students will continue to paint their pictures.

Day 5:

·         Students will continue to paint their pictures.

Day 6:

·         Students will finish painting their pictures. Once the paints are dry, students have the option to outline, with marker, their animals and backbround.

Resources:

Lesson adapted from Bunki Kramer – www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/PointillismMS.html