Circus Scene in Pointillism

Based on: “The Circus” by Georges Seurat

Submitted by: Luisa Dugas

Grade Level: 2/3 and 4/5

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Pencil
  • Q-tips
  • Horse stencils for 2/3 (4/5 can draw their own) 
  • Black colored pencil
  • 1″ painter’s tape

Instructions: 

  • Step 1: Presenter will prepare the paper with a 1″ border of paper tape ahead of time.
  • Step 2: Students will place paper vertically on the table. Tell students that they will draw a circus tent as if you were inside of it. Use a very light touch with the pencil because all lines will be erased later. Draw a semi-circle on the bottom of the page from side to side. This area will become the foreground or the “floor” of the circus tent.  Then they will draw a small upside down semi circle on the top of the page for the top of the circus tent. From this small semi circle, they will draw diagonal lines all the way down to the bottom semicircle trying to have an even pattern.
  • Step 3: They will pick a horse stencil and gently outline the horse onto the “tent floor” as if it was performing. Then erase all the lines that are inside the horse. Use a white eraser and NOT the pencil eraser as this will damage the paper.
  • Step 4: With watercolors and Q-tips students will make dots using contrasting colors in the tent stripes. Do not let the students mix the watercolors because colors will become muddled and loose effect. Use a different Q-tip every time you change colors. Continue applying dots to all areas of tent and horse always using contrasting colors.
  • Step 5: Let dry, erase all pencil lines and use black colored pencil to add details to horse. (If there isn’t enough time, presenter may add the details to the horse later)
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