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Re: Great Masters/pointillism

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Mark Alexander (mamjam)
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 07:30:19 -0500

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Pointilism is esentially color blending done in the viewer's eye rather
than on the artist's palette. I usually do a unit on pointillism in the
fourth grade, when the students seem to have a fairly firm grasp of the
classic color wheel. We compare traditional academic paintings with Seurat
or almost any impressionistic paintings. We look up close, and notice the
blotches and dots of 'pure' color in the impressionistic works, and the
smooth glazes of well mixed colors in the academic works. Then we look at
the same paintings from a distanceof across the room, and notice that the
blotches and dots blend visually into another color. We refer to this as
'visual color blending.' Usually after a color theory review, we do a still
life in markers or a landscape in pastels, or some kind of experimenting
with visual color blending.

I have a funny story about visual color blending. After a couple of class
sessions making marker dots, I was quizzing the students on vocabulary, and
asked, "what is the name of a kind of painting that uses visual color
blending?" I got a loud and clear response, "Pointless!"

Mark Alexander, 1-8 Art
Lee H. Kellogg School
47 Main Street
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031

"The object of education is to
prepare the young to
educate themselves
throughout their lives."
Robert Hutch

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