THE ART OF THE DOT
The Impressionist painters attempted to capture a moment in time by painting quickly with large brush strokes and dabs of color. While the Impressionists were making an impression in France, another French artist, George Seurat, took the painting style to a new level. In his early career, he became interested in the science of color; how the eye saw color and the brain processed it. Instead of mixing colors on his paint pallet, Seurat put tiny dots of pure color next to one another on the white canvas. His technique allowed the human eye to blend the colors. Seurat used his pointillist style to create 6 large paintings. His most famous work “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago.
This pointillism pin art project will give your students an idea of how time consuming it is to “paint” with dots. You can tell them that Seurat’s painting, “Sunday Afternoon…” is about 7 X 10 feet in size. It took him over 2 years to paint it. They will also observe how the dots they use to color their pin will blend to make new colors. It’s a lot like newspaper comics. Take a closer look and you’ll see that they are printed using tiny dots of pure color.
*If you don’t want to attach a safety pin to the back, for safety reasons, you can make a pointillist magnet by gluing a magnet to the back of each student’s pin.