BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns from an image. George Seurat developed the technique in 1886,
branching from Impressionism. He was the developer of this very scientific way of painting. He used tiny dots of pure color, side by side to build a form in his paintings. These tiny dots of paint, when used side by
side, give the viewer’s eye a chance to bend the color optically, rather than having the colors readily blended on the canvas. Discuss with the students Seurat’s technique of using small dots to create his images, and his use of primary colors placed closely next to each other instead of blending colors.
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