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Painting with dots.

How many ways can an artist make a picture? How do artists choose the subject for their artworks? How do artists decide which materials to use? These are interesting questions. Where can one find the answers?

There are many places where people can go and see works of art by others. An art museum or art gallery is a place that collects and exhibits art. In a museum, you might see an old vase from ancient Greece, or a painting done last week on a computer. It is exciting to see what others have created, and learn about their culture and their lives through their art.

Georges Seurat was a French artist whose paintings might be seen in a museum. He lived about one hundred years ago in Paris. Georges liked to paint in his own unusual way. His kind of painting with dots of color is called Pointillism. If you look closely at his painting The Side Show, you can see that the horn players, the spectators and the scenery are all made of dots of pure color. When seen from a distance, the dots seem to blend together and make other colors.

When Seurat did this painting, his method was new. Some people did not like his new paintings. Do you like Seurat's Pointillist painting?

MAKE YOUR OWN PAINTING WITH DOTS

1 Use a paper punch to make dots of lots of different colors. 2 Arrange the dots so they make a form or scene. Step back from your arrangement to see what it looks like. 3 Glue your dots down. You can also make pictures with dots with markers, crayons or tempera paint. 4 Tell your friends how you made your picture. Tell them how you chose the colors for your picture.

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Title Annotation:art lesson on Georges Seurat's pointillism
Author:Niceley, H.T.
Publication:School Arts
Date:Dec 1, 1993
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