Art Project: Pointillism and Self Control

Art Project: Pointillism and Self Control

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884


Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. 

Pointillism is usually done in oil, but it’s not required. You could do pointillism with almost anything! Oil paint is used because it’s thick and doesn’t bleed or run. The idea behind pointillism is to not physically mix colors, so if the paint bled it would not be good.

Oil paint is made by mixing oil (usually linseed oil) with pigments. Many pigments are minerals. Oil is added because it makes the pigment easier to apply and it holds the dry particles of pigment together. Artists used to hand-mix their own paint, but now the mixing is usually done mechanically.

The first step in mixing the paint is grinding the pigment so that it gets a good fine consistency and color. There are different kinds of grinding machines for different pigments. Some machines have electric motors which can go at different speeds and strengths, depending on the pigment.

The pigment is then dispersed in the oil. For this “Triple Roll Mills,” which have three granite rolls, are used. Many colors must go through several times before they get the right color.

Georges Seurat developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term Pointillism was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.[1] Here is one: Georges Seurat: (Note: Please use with caution and Seurat’s personal gallery includes nudity.) Studies also do not indicate if he was believer (Christian.)

The intent of the project is to learn how to stay within the lines using a minimal amount of colors or techniques. Most of the colors that are within a standard pack of crayola crayons are (12). Let’s try using one or two colors. However, by the cluster of points and spacing colors can become distinct by the values (gradients) that are seen. Either the student can use markers, crayola’s, or paint. However, our approach will be to implement advanced coloring pages using art techniques. The Coloring Pages can be used for a guide for those who are small and or beginning working in art.
However, if you would like to try with a blank canvas or sheet of printer paper. You can begin by checking a sample of what pointillism looks like.

Here are downloadable coloring pages to work with during the week. The coloring pages have basic tracing boundaries to help.
For materials: Try using a minimum of tools.
Monday: Butterfly
Tuesday: Lamb
Wednesday: Hot Air balloon
Thursday: Wheel Chair Racing
Friday: Violin  Player

1 Samuel 18:13-15 (New King James Version)
Therefore Saul removed him from his presence, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the LORD was with him. Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.

Romans 8:13-15 (New King James Version)
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Galatians 5:22-23 (New King James Version)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Colossians 1:9-10 (New King James Version)
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Self Control: 1 Sam 18:14

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