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Artwork with Kids: Exploring Pointillism


One of my favorite paintings is A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. It’s a large painting housed in the Art Institute of Chicago. The painting technique he uses is called pointillism or, in the case of a 5-year-old, dot paint.

As a fun way to introduce kids to the technique of pointillism and, let’s face it, fun with Q-tips, I found this great activity at Inner Child Fun. I set out the paints, brushes, Q-tips, paper and glue. I briefly explained the project and let her go on her way.

_DSC4446First, she used some scrap paper of various colors and glued them to the base sheet.  Then she used both the tips of paint brushes and Q-tips to create her dots.  Q-tips were her favorite tool because “they make big dots”.  I even sat down with her and created by own – I can’t resist a little afternoon of painting.

_DSC4452I really enjoyed watching her creative juices flow with her use of various colors and patterns, and, most importantly, she had a blast with this fun, simple project. Now it holds center position in her bedroom artwork display.



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