Oh, the things I’m learning as a grandparent. Pointillism. Maybe I had heard of it earlier. Maybe I would have recognized the art technique when I saw the painting. Definitely I recognized the artwork.

Two grandsons introduced me to Creative Galaxy, a new program they have watched from time to time. I had no idea what to expect when I clicked Episode One. And I was pleasantly surprised. The main character is Arty who through his own adventures introduces viewers to various art forms.

The boys were so excited about pointillism that they began drawing pictures using only circles. Nothing too exotic, but experimenting with a new concept.

After they went home, I pulled out my copy of The Usborne Book of Famous Paintings. I was thrilled to find “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” painted by French artist Georges Seurat. The book zooms in to show readers the dots and dashes used to create the painting.

When the boys next came over, we watched the segment on the computer and then I showed them the book. Their eyes lit up as they recognized the picture and they both said repeatedly that it was pointillism. I reminded them of the artist but I’m not sure the name is firmly planted in their memories.

I then went into my secret stash of Grammy things…who knows what lurks on my closet shelf? I propped open the book and brought out glue, construction paper, and round beads of various colors. Their job was to create a new picture using the beads as the points.
They really had fun as they experimented with the glue and the beads and they each ended up creating several wonderful pictures — including Nepali yaks for their Aunt Anna who has just returned from living there for 10 years. All the while letting me know that it was pointillism. Heh.

I look forward to more art projects with all three of my young boys. (And one day with the little girls, too.)

Any suggestions for pre-school art projects?

I love the idea of combining famous art with the projects…maybe I need to watch another episode of Creative Galaxy!

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  1. Grandma Kc says:

    This is fascinating and I can’t wait to talk with Amara about it. She has been taking art lessons for about 8 years so maybe familiar with the technique but it will make for a fun conversation. I went to Google images — WOW! Thank you for sharing this!

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      I can’t wait to hear about your conversation with Amara! Thanks for stopping by — I hope to add some more art projects down the road. What is Amara’s favorite technique??

  2. This is great, Marianna! We’re planning to talk about artwork that is round for the holiday of Rosh Hashanah – and combining that concept with pointillism is wonderful! We’ve got some wonderful art books we can use to explain. And ooh – thanks for the idea to add round beads!

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      If you can imagine, I had initially thought that I would hole punch a gazillion circles for the little artists. Still might do that at a later date — when they’re older! The beads worked well for pre-schoolers. Also, in the video we watched, pom poms were used… Will be looking forward to a post about artwork that is round!!

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