Pointillism - AKA Painting with Q-Tips!

Happy Saturday!

After a longggg week, I am basking in the gloriousness that is a weekend :)

This morning my hubby and I stole away for an early morning date: delicious donuts and a crisp walk through a beautiful park.

We are sooo excited about our little boy joining our family in May, but I am already starting to feel the shift in relationship between the two of us. We want to savor the time we have left as a family of two.

This week was chocked-full of fun activities in the classroom, more of which I'll be sharing about this week. Today, I'm going to share a quick and easy art activity that we tried.
We've been studying different art techniques and this month we focused on pointillism. We studied George Seurat, a French painter known for his pointillism paintings:
GEORGES SEURAT(1859-1891) Detail: 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Île de la Grande Jatte', 1884 (oil on canvas)Pointallism | .Georges Pierre Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising a technique of painting known as pointillism.
Each student was given a piece of paper, some paint, and q-tips.
We discussed primary colors and secondary colors, and then experimented with how to blend the different colors to create new paint options.
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They brainstormed a little and then got to work!
The beauty of pointillism is that up close, it looks like a bunch of dots, but when you hold the paper away from you, the picture comes into view. 
Here are some of the final products:

It was relatively quick, easy to do, and rewarding for the kiddos.
Why don't you give it a try in your classroom?


  1. I am so pinning this! This will be a great end of the year activity to do with my 5th graders. Simple enough for everyone to be successful as well as the potential to be more detailed for those that choose so. Also thinking that would make great Mother's/Father's Day gifts.

    Quinnessential Lessons

  2. Such a fun idea and you have some talented artists! I hope you're feeling well and can't wait until you post pics of that baby boy in May!!

    Wild About Fifth


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