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Art is one subject I don’t follow a curriculum for or even plan week to week (did you just gasp?). I firmly believe in interest-based learning, I’m just not good at making it happen for core subjects. My goal this year is to make it work for subjects like art, music and history though.
This week we stumbled on an awesome art history video on pointillism.
As we watched my completely organized self started racking my brain for a corresponding art project to do when the video was over. We settled on turning some of their favorite pictures into works of art via pointillism.
How we did it
We searched some of their favorite printable sites and downloaded and printed photos of their choice. (I try to stick to the Crayola site when possible so I’m not downloading unwanted bugs.) After our photos were ready we talked through what mediums to use.
They wanted to start out with markers but all agreed that we needed something to make larger dots. Next they moved on to dipping Q-tips in watercolor paints. My kids are always looking for an excuse to use paint and these little people with a better memory than me remembered using Q-tips last year to make round Christmas ornaments on a paper tree.
Our favorite water color kit because it has ALL the colors:
The kids quickly experimented with different colors, more paint, less paint, more water, less water and got their system down. After their pictures were complete we played with creating our own pieces just with dots, making images appear without any concrete lines.
We all had fun with this one and I’m definitely heading back to this video series for more art history subjects. I might even plan the corresponding project a day ahead next time.
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