We’ve had a crazy couple of months with our homeschool co-op!
Between sickness, and lovely winter weather it’s been hit or miss.
When we did make it, and had class, the artist I focused on for this month was Georges Seurat.
Here’s the thing about Seurat and the projects that go along with this lesson. The kids love it or hate it.
Let’s face it, making a million little dots is something that requires a lot of focus and some kids just don’t have that attention span. Others though, love the process and the result.
This year with the age range we have, I’ve been learning as I go, and trying to come up with projects that are easy enough for Kindergarten, but a 5th grader will find interesting. With this lesson it was a little easier, and all of the kids really enjoyed it.
The book I chose for this lesson is “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists : Georges Seurat ” By Mike Venezia
This is a really cute book. It combines his biography and art history with cute cartoons and lots and lots of Seurat’s work.
It was a little long for the smaller kids, and most of the cartoon humor was lost on them, but the older children really enjoyed it.
I didn’t use the worksheet I’ve used before, mostly because I wanted to mix it up a little and let the kids write what they wanted to. I used a worksheet I found on Notebooking Fairy that is pretty simple.
The smaller kids mostly doodle on these, maybe write a word or two. The older kids will write down important dates and facts that I put on a white board for them. The really ambitious ones go ahead and take some extra notes.
For the project I wanted something to demonstrate the way combining dots of color works and the difference in colors, and amount of dots to achieve a desired effect. Since the story covered Seurat’s Pointillism techniques and his major works the kids knew exactly what they were in for.
For the first part we used paper plates, water colors and q-tips. This is a pretty mess free project. (Except for those kids who feel the need pour water into their paints… there’s one in every crowd.)
We divided the plates into 4 equal sections using a pencil.
The instructions after that are very simple. Using a q-tip dot the paint, one color in one section, add a second color in the next section, add a third color in the next, and then a fourth in the last one.
The finished product should look like this.
Seurat is a fun study, these projects can be done with markers as well,using just the point. If I had just older kids I may have tried giving them each a section of a larger picture and then combining them when they were finished.
All in all Mr. Seurat was a hit. Even if they didn’t enjoy the painting technique, trying it for themselves gave them an appreciation of the work that went into his paintings.
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