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Art project for First Grade – Pointillism – by S.A. Barone


Art project for First Grade.

Pointillism - by S.A. Barone


Artist George Seurat was a famous post-impressionist painter.  He is probably best known for devising the technique of pointillism and his painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte”.  His paintings are incredible and beautiful and created from using just dots.

This is a fun project to do with kids that are 7 years to 8 years, around the first grade.  Although, I think it might be fun with almost any age.    I always had fun doing this with my students because we used our fingers dipped in paint to create wonderful pointillism paintings and not just on the paper.

This is a good way to introduce students to new and different techniques of painting as well as learning more about the use of color.

You will need:

            Finger paints – primary colors

            Half-sheets of finger paint paper


Wet the paper with the sponges, wiping off any excess water.

Use your index finger to create a picture using only dots.

At first the children might want to do a simple animal, or flower or plant, or just a simple shape for the first time.

After they get used to using their finger have them place dots of two primary colors close together in the same area.  This will create the illusion of mixing to make the secondary colors.

Use the pointillism technique on the entire sheet of paper.

When the students are finished, hang up their work and have them step back from it.  They will be able to see how all the colors seem to blend together creating one very colorful painting.

Once the students have used the finger paints and their finger to create a few paintings they can graduate to thicker paper and perhaps poster paints or acrylics, or watercolors.  They can use round brushes or the ends of their brushes to make their dots and use a variety of colors to create their paintings.

  Have fun and keep creating!

S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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