Art Activity for Kids: Pointillism Practice

Pointillism is a cool art technique for kids to learn. This painting technique was developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886, branching from Impressionism. It uses small, distinct dots of color to paint an image.

We did two pointillism activities this week, the first one using coloured dot stickers.

We used about 800 of them to make “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

For the next pointillism practice, we decided to melt wax crayons to make the individual dots of an autumn tree.

How we did it:

  1. First, we traced our hand on white cardstock. We need to use a thicker material for this because the hot wax might bleed through for low gsm paper.

2. Then, we prepare our crayons and tealight candle. The hand drawing will be the body of the tree — it’s trunk and branches, so we picked different ranges of brown colour for this.

3. Melt the tip of the crayon for about 2 seconds in the candle flame then dot it on the cardstock. We highly suggest having adult supervision for this. This part is fun but will take a lot of patience to complete. We picked autumn colours for the leaves — ranges of dark and light green, reds, yellows and orange.

Here’s the final artwork:

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