A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat
Even though Georges Seurat lived a short life (only 32 years), his contributions to art made him an icon of the 19th century. New scientific theories about color, optical effects and perception became the basis for his Pointillist technique.
I loved watching the kid’s react to Seurat’s paintings, as they looked close to find they were actually made of bajillions (that’s the technical count) of tiny dots. They were also able to voice how and why certain paintings felt “lonely,” “calm,” “exciting,” or “fun.”
I challenged the kids to use multiple colors in their q-tip & watercolor pointilism painting so the viewer could blend the colors with their eyes.
Inspired by Seurat’s Paris roots, one litle girl painted the Eiffel Tower.
It was very interesting to watch how hard it was for some kids to not use the q-tip like a paintbrush. Breaking habits and thinking outside of our comfort zone can be so difficult sometimes but once those walls are broken down, wonderfully creative products can emerge.
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