Assignment 1: Pointilism

My Gallery is made to teach pointillism to sixth graders. Ideally, I would be using the gallery projected in the classroom. The goal is for the students to see a zoomed in section of a painting, guess what they are seeing, then zoom out and see the whole image. Zooming in and out will allow them to see the optical mixing our eyes do to the small dots when viewed close, then far away.

Be sure to view the images in order.

Try not to look to the larger image, what do you see? When looking at this small section, you may only see a variation in tones, but in reality, there is much more to the piece! Now, go to the next slide...
This is the complete painting. Here we can see that this entire portrait is made up of tiny dots of graytones, placed closer and further apart.
Different colors put next to one another can also interpret the form. When viewing this closeup, what do you see? Now, go to the next slide.
You may ask, why would the artist use all of those colors to create a tree? Well, when thinking about optical mixing, it makes a lot of sense. Seurat uses reds, blues, and yellows to create all the colors in the spectrum. Also, you will always see pointillists and impressionists use cool colors for shadows.
Now that you know that together, value and color mixing can form an image, what do you think this zoomed in section is? Go on to the next slide to find out!
This painting is Georges Seurat's masterpiece. "La Grande Jatte" is well known for it's perfectly used pointillism. Feel free to zoom in closely to different sections to see the amount of dots and colors used to create this painting. Notice the cool colored shadows.
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