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Painting in the Style of George Seurat

November 27, 2010

Pointillism picture;

Helen captured the feeling of a ballet dancer with her pointillism picture.

 George Seurat

During our study of France, it wouldn’t be complete without looking at the artists that have made an impact on the art world.  One that comes to mind is George Seurat who created pointillism.  He was an impressionist that took a different direction than many others.  He would paint using millions of dots or points to make the image come to life.  To see some other examples of his work to share than it’s time for your child to make some art in the style of Seurat (Sir – rot).

Before you start painting, it’s important to know a little bit more about George Seurat. He was influence by the writings of Michel Eugene Cheveul and others regarding color, light and perception.  At the time the color wheel had not been established so they notion that color could be affected by the colors you place next to it was pretty amazing.  Seurat went on to paint using complimentary colors to create shades and tones.  Looking at his paintings one can see a variety of colors within the same area.  Looking at his most famous painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte there are a variety of colors yet your eye blends them together to make it harmonious. The painting is at the Art Institute of Chicago and is 10′ wide!

Have  y0ur child draw a sketch in pencil before they begin painting.  Seurat made over 60 drawings for the painting to capture the feeling he wanted to convey.  Then using tempera paint and Q-tips, the end of crayons or anything that you have that would make a nice uniform size dot of paint on the picture.  This is a very social activity.  My students enjoyed painting while talking with their friends.  You could also put on some calm music from famous French composers like Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune or Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of Animals.

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