Pointillism is a subcategory of Postimpressionism, and Pointillist artists created entire compositions by only using points (or dots). This unit introduces high school art students to Pointillism and illustrates some of the color theory applications. Pointillists were interested in how adjacent colors influenced color, optical mixing, and afterimages. The lecture explains those concepts and there are illustrations.
The main focus on the lecture is Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte. The students will make observations on close-up sections of the painting and complete note organizers during the lecture. Next, there is a section where the students will see 10 different Postimpressionist paintings and will need to determine if they are Pointillist pictures.
Next, students will create their own Pointillist landscape paintings by following the guidelines set by the included rubric. There is also an artist statement rubric for students to complete.
This download includes a Pointillism lecture, and a PDF file that includes a lesson plan for the lecture, blank lecture notes, the answer key to the lecture notes, a lesson plan for the project, the Pointillism rubric, and an artist statement rubric.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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