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I do not consider myself an artist, but I really enjoy doing art with my kids. It stretches me and pushes me, and I am getting better! This week we learned pointillism art with Georges Seurat.
To start the Georges Seurat art lesson, I had to look up the pronunciation of his name. (Yeah, I don’t speak French!) Seurat is a French post-impression artist from the 1800’s. He is known for devising the technique of pointillism as well as chromoluminarism. Pointillism art is painting with dots and chromoluminarism is a technique where you do not mix the pigments of color but instead have varying dots of color that require the viewer to combine the colors. This was a new term to me and I think it’s pretty fascinating! We tried it out on our art projects and loved the look of it!
For our Seurat art study, I printed and laminated about 10 different paintings of his. we talked about his life a bit and read some books about him. Then we worked on recreating art in his style.
Some of us chose to imitate one of his paintings and some of us chose to do our own thing.
We started by sketching out what we wanted to draw then painted it in with painted dots using q-tips. It is a time-consuming project, but really a lot of fun!
Kids Books on Georges Seurat
Georges Seurat: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists, by Mike Venezia
Sunday with Seurat (board book), by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober
Make a Masterpiece- Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Dover Activity Book)
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte Tunnel Book: Take a Peek at Seurat’s Masterpiece! (Take a Peek series) by
Katie and the Bathers by James Mayhew
Splat! Another Messy Sunday by Lin Oliver
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