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.

Materials
Q-tips
Paintbrushes
Washable paint (green, black, white, yellow, orange)
Cups for water
Paper towels
Newspaper for table
Smocks
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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