Pointillism is a technique of painting in which a lot of tiny dots are combined to form a picture. The reason for doing pointillism instead of a picture with physical mixing is that, supposedly, physically mixing colors dulls them. Most of the painters of Seurat's time blended the colors to make a picture with a smoother feeling than Seurat's bright, dotty works.

          When two colors are right next to each other your eye mixes them in a process called, "optical mixing." Using optical mixing rather than physical mixing can create a brighter picture. Painting a pointillist piece is a slow and painstaking process. Seurat's famous "A Sunday in the Park on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (more commonly known as "Sunday in the Park"), which covered a wall (81 inches by 120 inches), took him two years to complete. He was known for amazing devotion and concentration. The dots in a pointillist painting can be as small as 1/16 of an inch in diameter! Based on these measurements, "Sunday in the Park" has approximately 3,456,000 dots!

Squint your eyes and look at this smaller painting.

Now look at the larger version!  Notice the differences.

On your handout you will try to replicate the painting technique using colored pencil or crayons if you have the.  The pencil does not have to be sharp.  Don't worry about making mistakes.  The dots do not have to be going in the same direction nor do they have to follow a particular pattern.  Use the outlines as a guide.  Color over the dark lines.  Don't worry about white areas for now.  Make sure to share the right way with each other.  Bickering tables will have to learn to share during lunch. 

Q-Tip Pointillism - Art History - KinderArt

Your own pointillism:

1.  Use a white sheet of paper
2.  Sketch outline of a nature or simple scene you want to draw.  Think trees, buildings, beach, sky, clouds, water, mountains, desert, etc.  Stay away from small details.
3.  Use pointillism.  Don't be afraid to mix colors next to each other to make it stand out. 

Edited 4 times by mrelsinger May 16 11 10:39 AM.