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Pointillism Assignment Management

For stage five, I chose to work red and blue stitches on black fabric. It was interesting to see how the depth of each colour changed depending on the proportions used in relation to the background as well as each other and the direction in which the stitches were worked. The red and blue both appeared brighter when small spots of red were worked on a blue background. The blue appears more purple and the red richer in the reversed arrangement. Again,  have worked a quite formal sampler, but am pleased with the final piece.

Since starting this project, I have been looking at the impressionists, especially pointillism (Seurat) and fauvism (Matisse). As well as reading, I watched a really interesting documentary on Seurat (The Private Life of a Masterpiece, BBC). The idea makes sense that allowing the eye to do the mixing, the colours appear more luminous as you are seeing the fluorescent halo around each colour. I have found that this works when two colours are used, but once further colours are added the resulting combinations can look rather muddy at a distance. It is interesting looking at works by Matisse, where relatively large areas of white are left between the marks, and Seurat where there is dense packing of marks and underpainting to block out main shapes in the composition. In researching Seurats work, I have been bowled over by his conte sketches and the light and shade in them. In my colour skechbook I have tried out a couple of ideas. Here I have worked a section based on a Seurat painting. I then used ink and cotton buds to experiment with mixing colours myself.

I worked my first french knots sample on blue again, looking at matt versus metallic threads, mixing primaries and adding in a secondary colour. Red dots made the blue appear more violet, yellow brought out an olive hue, and adding a third colour dulled the background in keeping with my previous observations. The image below is strobing a little on the screen but looks better viewed full size.

I then moved onto mixing pastel shades, first moving hrough each colour in turn, then viewing one, two, then three colours intermixed.

For the final part of this stage I thought I would use a sketch that I had made of my bathroom window. It was one of the only pastel sketches I had done, and I thought it made sense to use a sketch of light rather than an object to demonstrate pointillism, which to me seems is all about perception of light.

My first sketch was quite literal, and following receiving comments on my first assignment, I took advice and thought about making some more expressive images and using different media. (I was really pleased with my first report by the way!)

I worked a series of paintings as below and felt I captured the properties I wanted to.

In the end though, for this exercise I felt the initial painting was most interesting for development. I started by selecting an area to work on, and chose the shape I did to emphasise the movement of the light and graduation of one colour to the next through the piece. I then repainted a sketch of the area in the pastels I would use. The main idea is to move from blue to yellow, and I have used the pink for shade, using the idea that a third colour tends make the resulting mix appear less vibrant. I am working the final embroidery from this rather than the pencil dotty drawing as I want to have a less uniform distribution of knots and be a bit free in my interpretation as I work the piece. It’s not quite finished yet, so photos next post.

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Investigate Color in the Art of Georges Seurat and other Pointillist Artists


You will learn about the unique way Seurat and other Pointillist artists used color theory and chose to paint. The pointillist artists used dots in the three primary colors  (red, yellow, and blue). In order to create a secondary color ( green, purple, andorange), the artist put dots in two primary colors next to each other. For example, to create green, the artists placed yellow and blue dots close together. To make orange, the artists used red and yellow dots, and to create purple, the artists used red and blue dots. Pointillism is scientific. The artists had to think a lot about what they were doing.

Assignment 1:


1.  Explore the work of Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Camille Pissarro:


George Seurat


Camille Pissarro

2. Study Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painted by Georges-Pierre Seurat  

3. After you finish reading about the painter and his artwork, then take this test .

4. How did Seurat and Pointillists use color in their work?  Why do you think they chose to paint the way they did? 

Work in groups of three, write  one paragraph  response and present it in class.


Assignment 2:

You will learn about color in visual art and will create a digital artwork using pointillist method of painting.

1.  Go to theArtist's Toolkit to learn about the element of art COLOR.

2.  Visit these sites to learn more about color and color harmonies:



3.  Usingart pad practice pointillism by creating an image of an apple or any other fruit. You may only use primary colors  while creating your composition; however, make sure to place dots of colors next to one another in order for them to mix optically (for example, to make a green apple, you would use dots of blue and dots of yellow).  Use acomplementary color for your apple's background.



Assignment 3:

Now it's your turn to create a self portrait using Pointillism and Primary Colors. You get to demonstrate your understanding of Color theory!

1.First you must find a photo of yourself that you like! The photo needs to show your face in detail and be straight on. Make sure that the lighting in your photo is bright enough to see you!

2.Next, on an 8 x 10 piece of white paper, you need to draw your portrait on to your paper. At your desk have your pencil in one hand and your photo in the other. Keep looking back and forth between your drawing and your photo!  Remember that your face should be the center of interest, so make sure that it takes up most of the page.  Pay close attention to the details of your face, this makes it look like you!

3.Using your new knowledge of primary colors , start carefully placing dots of yellow, red and blue paint to create your portrait.  When the primary colors are placed on top of each other, they create the secondary colors, they Mix!! Play with this to create secondary and tertiary colors.

Quick Tip:The most important thing to remember 
                      is, on your pallet, to keep your paint    
                      sources clean. So when you change colors,
                      wash out your brush really well.

4. Create an interesting background again using only the primary colors!

This Completes the Self Portrait!


Assignment 4:

Using the prompts below, write a written reflection about your self-portrait.  The reflection should be typed, free of spelling and grammar errors, and use key terms and vocabulary.  Each prompt should have at least 3 sentences each.

1. How did you effectively use Seurat's Pointillism style in your painting?

2. Discribe the use of color theory in your painting.

3. What difficulties and successes did you have creating your painting.



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