Tuesday, June 12, 2012



French Modern Artist George Seurat 

George Seurat
 A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette
This painting took Seurat two years to complete. 1884-1886

My students had been asking to do a pointillism project. So this is what I came up with...

A clown fish.
I felt the contrast was nice. I tried to keep it simple so the kids didn't get frustrated.
I started with a little experiment. I had the kids use fine tip markers. On a small scrap piece of white paper, make many yellow dots. Then blend red dots.... back away and VOILA ! it looks orange. 
We practice mixing by dotting our primary colors to get our secondary colors. pretty cool.

What you will need:
 5x7 or 6x8 canvas panels.
Markers- Crayola washable thin markers work best.
Fish stencils. 
White erasers or gum erasers.
Samples of George Seurat's work
Sample pictures of clown fish

Get started
1. Have the kids draw their picture. KEEP IT SIMPLE.
2. I have quite a few Pre-school and kindergartners. I made clown fish stencils out of scrap watercolor paper or manilla folders work very well for making stencils too.
3. Introduce George Seurat. What is Pointillism?
4. I brought in samples of his work. 

I drew on the stencils so the young kids had a visual guide.

As they start dotting remind them to press gently with the markers!
Hint. use light colored markers first, it will help keep light markers clean.

Kids never cease to surprise me.. Even my pee wees did a fantastic job. 

I cut little frames out of black construction paper.

Just keep swim-in!