When I was in college, I took an art education class. It was such a fun class, and it really taught me about teaching art to kids. I was told to try and teach art history within your art projects. This activity stems from that class. It is a fun lesson on pointillism. Pointillism is an art form made up of tiny dots.
I have a wonderful book made up of artwork by MC Escher. I love his art. He does a lot of pointillism. I let me kids look at his work and explore the concept. You can just do a Google image search for “pointillism” to expose your kids to this art form.
The materials are few. I used paper plates for easy clean up. Beyond that, craft paint and q-tips as our paint brushes.
The technique is simple. Little dots make up the artwork. I had them pencil outline their drawing and fill in with the paint. You can show your kids how you use more paint and more dots spaced closer together to get a darker shade, and fewer dots spaced a bit will make it lighter to create shadows and highlights. That concept was a little advanced for my kids, but it’s good to introduce anyway.
Here are the results. Kenzie had asked me to draw the scene for her (upper left corner), but she still struggled a bit. I also came up with the idea to do pre-cut out shapes to just fill in (fish – bottom right corner). Abby designed the other two on her own. The bottom left was her copy of my tree, house and sun. The upper right was her ocean scene.