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Georges Seurat

Does science influence art? Absolutely! Explore the combination of art, science, and Pointillism with this month's art box devoted to Georges Seurat.

Through Seurat's scientific-based style of applying dots color-by-color, he influenced the way people viewed art. Kids will start off this box by reading a biography of the artist and studying a few of his most important pieces. Then, they'll get to practice Seurat's signature painting technique in four colorful projects. They'll paint dots of color using cotton swabs, pencil erasers, bubble wrap, and a hole puncher. In each project, children will spend time learning the technique and have fun experimenting with the technique themselves.

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Activities in the Georges Seurat Box:
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte Reproduction
Children will recreate Georges Seurat's most recognizable piece in this project. They'll use two kid-friendly methods to utilize his famous Pointillism style: painting with cotton swabs and stamping with bubble wrap. They'll also get a quick lesson in perspective as they place the people in the painting.

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A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte Reproduction
The Seine at Courbevoie Mixed-Media Reproduction
This project focuses on two new ways to use the Pointillism style. First, kids will be encouraged to break a serious art rule as they pull apart the bristles of a paintbrush! The end result makes a creative art tool. They'll also get their hands busy with a hole puncher and use tissue paper dots to add texture to their piece.

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The Seine at Courbevoie Mixed-Media Reproduction
Pointillism Technique
Kids will be immersed in the pointillism technique as they learn more about Seurat's signature style and how to use it in their own artwork. They'll experiment with using a variety of ways to make the colored dots. In the end, they'll be able to recognize the artistic differences between the methods.

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Pointillism Technique
The Eiffel Tower Diorama
It's one of the most-recognizable structures in the world: The Eiffel Tower. Kids will once again practice the Pointillism technique in this project, along with challenging their spatial reasoning and folding skills as they create a 3D version of this iconic landmark.

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The Eiffel Tower Diorama
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