After studying work by Seurat, my 5th grade students tried pointillism with markers. I chose the topic of desserts because it's fun and colorful (think icing!) and looks nice even without a background. Doing a whole pointillist picture with a background often ends up confusing to the viewer, unless the artist is skilled in contrasting warm and cool colors, light and dark colors, and complementary colors. I found images online of different desserts for the students to copy in the pointillist style. I purposely printed the pictures too small so the students wouldn't be tempted to trace! The students began by lightly outlining their picture in pencil. Then, they added their dots, and finally they erased the pencil lines.
On the first day of this project (after learning about Seurat and looking at some of his work), I had my students complete a "Pointillism Worksheet". They had to try to make colors out of several other colors. For example, to make purple, the students could mix pink and blue, or red and blue, or just several shades of purple. This activity made the student much more comfortable with the idea of "mixing" colors with dots. The last step on the worksheet was to experiment with any colors they wanted. It was fun to see what the students made!