Painting with Pointillism

We generally start each day cuddling on the couch and watching cartoons together. One morning, Jenna chose a new cartoon called Creative Galaxy (on Amazon Prime) and the first episode taught about pointillism. Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. The most familiar paintings done with this technique would probably be those done by Monet.

I had been wanting to do some craft time with the kids, so I thought we might as well continue the lesson from the cartoon!

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I quickly printed a few leaf outlines onto white card stock, and then filled paint trays with fall colored acrylic paint. To create the dots for the paintings, I provided q-tips and clipped clothespins onto pom-poms. These are all supplies I keep on hand in our craft cupboard, so it was quick and easy to throw together!

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After their masterpieces were dry, we cut out the leaf shapes. I cut out Connor’s for him as he is not yet proficient in the scissors department!

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Here are the finished projects! Jenna’s leaves are on the left side and Connor’s are on the right. This was a great lesson to introduce them to the dot technique. As you can see, they still had the urge to paint with brush strokes, but after some practice they started to get the hang of it. I think they did a great job overall, and I was impressed by their use of color. (The leaf that is solid green was because Jenna took so long to paint her other leaf she was running out of time and in a hurry.)

*A few weeks after we did this project, Jenna was reading a comic book for the first time. She brought it over to tell me that they did the pictures with pointillism. I was thrilled that part of the art lesson actually stuck with her!

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