Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pointillism - Y10 to Art 1&2

Pointillism fits well with the curriculum for Y10 to Middle School, and Art 1 & 2. All classes are provided a lesson on it and George Seurat's art work.

I stress color families and how Seurat made color work on the eye of the viewer rather than mixed by the artist. Photos in Magazines are made up of small dots (they are color separated into C-Y-M-Black). If you have a loop to magnify this for students, great. George Seurat, a painter, in 1870s, did this on canvas with paint before any knowledge of color separation. Seurat's paintings are described as Pointillism.

After Van Gogh, Secondary 1 & 2 students work.


This is also a nice lesson on how a canvas is activated by small brush strokes, for Secondary students. Many colors (at least 3) must be applied side by side to get the effect that comes close to Seurat's paintings.


Y12

This lesson sits in each age grouping differently, and the final work is a different size,
  • Y10 - Y11:  how color theory is applied (extending color wheel lessons); A4 size
  • Y12 - Y13:  how color theory is applied  (extending color wheel lessons); , leads to Op Art lesson, another art movement; A3 size
  • Art 1&2:  formative, leads to summative assignment on Impressionism; A3 size
I provide the outline of paintings by Degas as they have larger areas of simpler shapes for students to fill. In this way, students focus on color and dots only, rather than the subject of the painting.

Students cover areas with watercolor tempera with a large brush. Liquid tempera is applied on top by making dots with the small round brush.




Y13


Art 1&2


Art 1&2


Art 1&2 in progress

Y13

Y13