Fall Pointillism Painting

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Use a painting technique called pointillism to create fall trees while learning about French painter Georges Seurat.

What You’ll Need:
*Construction paper
*Brown, red, orange, and yellow paint
*Q-Tips

Preparation:
*Read about Georges Seurat who used pointillism. Use the link in the Suggested Resources to look at his artwork. Pointillism is a style of painting using dots. Look at the pictures with a magnifying glass to see how different colored dots blend together to make the colors. The examples we show in our photos are very loose interpretations of pointillism, which works well with younger children. Older children with more patience can spend more time creating an entire picture out of dots. However, we recommend that even older children keep the pictures small since it could be a very time-consuming activity.

Activity:
*Using a Q-tip and brown paint, create the trunk of the tree.
*Use the red, orange, and yellow paints and Q-tips to make dots for the leaves. We recommend starting with red first and creating all the red dots. With a new Q-tip, create all of the orange dots. Finally, use a third Q-tip to do the yellow dots.


*Send us a picture of your kids and their pointillism paintings we may post it to our site! info@mycalendarmaker.com.

Suggested Resources:
* Georges Seurat -- a site with a biography and example of his work
*Picasso -- another great activity from MyActivityMaker.com about a famous artist. Although this craft was for a summer collage, you can make changes to create a Fall Picasso collage.

This activity can be found in the Arts & Crafts section of our site.