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Pointallism Art Project

Our Adult Take & Make Craft for November is a Pointallism Painting.  Pick your kit up at any library branch or through curbside!  (While supplies last.)

In this art method, you will NOT be mixing your paint.

Instead, you will be filling your canvas with dots.

You will be placing different sized dots closely together so that when you step back, your eye will “mix” the colors.

Materials

  • 1  4 x 4 canvas
  • 3 canisters of paint (red, yellow, blue)
  • 6 q-tips

If your q-tip gets another color on it, switch sides or q-tips.

Instructions

1. Study the picture “Eiffel Tower” by Georges Seurat (below, from the site https://art.famsf.org/georges-seurat/eiffel-tower-197948).

2. Get a q-tip ready with blue paint. Focus on the darker areas of the picture. Add blue dots to your blank canvas in a similar spot.  Play with making smaller and bigger dots.

3. Get a q-tip ready with red paint. Focus on the red areas of the picture.  Add red dots to your blank canvas in a similar spot.  Play with making smaller and bigger dots.

4. Get a q-tip ready with yellow paint. Focus on the light-colored areas of the picture.  Add yellow dots to your blank canvas in a similar spot.

5. Continue adding blue dots to the areas on the canvas that you want dark. Place bigger blue dots in areas of the canvas you want darker colored, and smaller blue dots in areas of the canvas that you want to be lighter colored.

6. Overlap red dots near blue dots to make areas darker. Overlap red dots near yellow dots to make areas of the canvas lighter.

7. Place and overlap yellow dots in areas that you want to be light.

8. Continue adding dots until you are satisfied with the result.

Examples of Finished Painting

[click all images to enlarge]

Post to social media

Post a picture of your painting for all to see!  On Facebook, tag @LibraryMahoningCounty, and Instagram using #PLYMCAnywhere.

For Additional Information about Impressionism, Georges Seurat, and Pointillism, check out these materials available from the library:

https://plymc.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1168842347_cocogrrr/1728162669_impressionistic_art_georges_seurat_and_pointillism