Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Theora Hamblett Pointillism Trees

In honor of one of our favorite permanent exhibitions, we are going to begin our blog posts with a craft inspired by the artist, Theora Hamblett, a folk artist known for her trees done in the style of pointillism.  We did this project with our Day Camp kids.  The suggested age would be 3-5 years old.

Washable paint (green, black, white, yellow, orange)
Cups for water
Paper towels
Newspaper for table
Blue construction paper

1. Paint the bottom of the construction paper (suggested color: green) to imitate the ground or grass.

2. Paint the tree trunks first with stripes of color using the Q-tips on the construction paper.  We suggest using black, white, and gray, like the original artist.

3. Create dots of leaves on the tree and on the ground with the Q-tips.  Use bright colors such as orange and yellow to imitate autumn leaves!  

Let the finished product dry for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Now your kids are pointillism experts!

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