More than Just Dots
Developing art lesson plans for middle school often involves creating projects to span an period of time. Some schools only allow short periods of time to be dedicated to art. For these situations, art concepts are often best taught with projects easily left and began again when art time rolls around. One of these such lessons involves the concept of Pointillism. Pointillism is the art of forming pictures and designs from very small dots.
George Seurat's " Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" is one example to show to the class. Discuss how upclose, the picture is only many dots, but from a distance, they form a scene.
Let the students begin the project by using small hole punchers and construction paper to create the different colors of dots they will be using for their own pictures. Be sure they keep each color separated into different containers. Once they have a good amount punched, they can begin forming the idea for their picture.
Let the students give an outline to the picture they wish to create. These will vary from ultra simplistic abstracts to defined pictures of items. The students then commence to creating their art work by filling in the form with the small dots and glue.
This project can be stopped and started over and over. Set a finish date for the projects to keep students from lagging, but allow extra art time if needed.