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Art: Exploring Pointillism

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Art: Exploring Pointillism

Our new Spielgaben upgrade kit recently arrived in the mail and the girls have been very busy creating with the new pieces.

Art: Exploring Pointillism

Art: Exploring Pointillism

There has been lots of creativity with the new play board and dots. Making patterns and pictures and telling stories.

Art: Exploring Pointillism

I like this one with the overlapping diamonds by Miss 6.

Art: Exploring Pointillism

While watching them recently I commented that what they were making reminded me of a type of art called ‘Pointillism’.

Art: Exploring Pointillism

We got down one of our art books so I could explain what it meant and I read them the page about Georges Seurat’s painting ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte‘. We learned about how it had taken two years to plan and paint the artwork and that it was made up of millions of tiny dots and dashes of colour. To create the sparkle of the water and the glow of the grass he used dots of contrasting colours that when viewed from a distance blur together creating brighter colours. The girls were amazed and spent a long time looking at all the details they could see in the painting. Next I invited them to try their own dotty paintings.

Art: Exploring PointillismWe used washable poster paint, canvases, and small wooden dowel to make the dots. Miss 4 got straight to work putting lots of different coloured dots all over the canvas.

Art: Exploring Pointillism

Miss 6 decided to sketch her picture first, as Seurat had done.

Art: Exploring Pointillism

As predicted, the paint eventually made it onto little fingers.

Art: Exploring Pointillism

Art: Exploring Pointillism

I love to see them so immersed in what they’re doing!

Art: Exploring Pointillism

Aren’t the results beautiful?

This morning they were back to making more ‘spotty’ designs with Spielgaben so I’m sure we’ll be repeating this activity again and doing some more learning about Pointillism in the near future.

Have you explored any new art techniques lately?


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Art: Exploring Pointillism


March 27, 2015 at 8:06 am

What a fun exploration! Thank you for this, we will be incorporating some of this into our homeschool.

March 28, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Hi Sara,

Here’s another creative way you can encourage your daughters to tell stories through play.


I too am a mother to a lil boy all the way from India.


March 31, 2015 at 11:12 am

What a fun way to explore an art technique. Their final paintings were fabulous 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

Orlando Alfa
October 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

That pointillism is used in any area and that teach children is the maximum, I love pointillism because you can see the colors brilliantly, and the way they use the technique to practice it in many areas, Here I leave this list where we can see the best Painters Pointers: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alonzor301/the-meilleurs-peintres-pointillistes-de-tous-les-t-36ijc?utm_term=.fpAvLR42E#.tp2PDXNZy
The ones I like most Luce, Paul Signac, Endara and Gabino Amaya Cacho

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