Dot Drawing

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Teach your child a drawing technique called pointillism with this art activity.


This drawing technique, called pointillism, creates an optical illusion. A picture made with many little dots looks like one solid image when viewed from a distance.

Directions

Have your child draw a picture with dotted lines very lightly in pencil. He can use any of the following methods to fill in the picture:

  1. Fill in the picture with colored dots using colored pencils or fine-tip markers.
  2. Dip the pointed end of a sharpened pencil in paint, then press it lightly on the paper to make dots. Use a different pencil for each color of paint. To make larger dots, use the eraser end of the pencil.
  3. Fill in the picture with colored dot stickers. When your child's picture is complete, stand back and look at it. The dots will blend together to form blocks of solid color. If you look at the picture with your eyes out of focus, the colors will seem to move.

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