ALEX Learning Activity


What is Pointillism?

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Author: Casaundra Taylor
System:Huntsville City
School:Academy For Academics & Arts
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1677
What is Pointillism?
Digital Tool/Resource:
Web Address – URL:
Not Applicable

Students will learn about Vincent Van Gogh and his style of painting. Students will use the see-think-wonder strategy to analyze the artwork. Students will create a sunflower painting using the pointillism style of Van Gogh. 

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: K
Visual Arts
1) Engage in self-directed exploration and imaginative play with art materials.

a. Use motor skills to create two-dimensional art.

Examples: Finger painting, watercolors, paper collage, and rubbings.

b. Use motor skills to create three-dimensional art.

Examples: Rolling, folding, cutting, molding, pinching and pulling clay.

Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Creating
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Process Components: Investigate, Plan, Make
Essential Questions:
EU: Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.
EQ: What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking? What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks? How does collaboration expand the creative process?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
  • Art
  • Artwork
  • Collaboratively
  • Collage
  • Cool colors
  • Warm colors
  • Elements of Art
    • Color
    • Line
    • Shape
  • Imaginative play
  • Play
  • Portfolio
  • Primary colors
  • Principles of design
    • Pattern
  • Printmaking
Skill Examples:
  • Create two-dimensional artworks using finger painting, watercolors, paper collage, and rubbings.
  • Create three-dimensional artworks using techniques such as rolling, folding, cutting, molding, pinching, and pulling clay.
  • Work with a partner to create works of art.
  • Working in small groups, use recycled materials to create artworks.
  • Explore the books Why is Blue Dog Blue? by G. Rodrigue and My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss to understand color meanings and moods.
  • Read the book Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman to explore different styles of line.
  • Safely use and share scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, paints, paintbrushes, and clay.
  • Use symbols to help tell a personal or make-believe story.
  • Manipulate art media to create textures and patterns.
  • Identify and use organic and geometric shapes to create works of art.
  • Show respect for self and others while making and viewing art.
  • Use the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) to create a free-style painting while singing the names of the colors.
  • Use patterns in designing colored stripes on the shirt of a person you know.
  • Collect found objects such as paper tubes, forks, and pieces of cardboard. Press them in shallow tempera paint, and stamp them on paper to show printmaking.
  • Create a T-chart that separates cool (blue, green, and purple) and warm (red, yellow, and orange) colors in different columns. Use the symbols of water waves for the cool column header and the sun for the warm column header.
  • Work with a partner to find colors, lines, and shapes in art and tell each other what you see.
Learning Objectives:

Learning Targets

I can:

  • identify the style of painting Van Gogh used in this painting.
  • create a work of art using the pointillism style of Van Gogh.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

  • The teacher will display examples of Van Gogh's sunflower artwork.
  • The students will engage in the seek-think-wonder strategy to analyze the piece of artwork.
  • The teacher poses three questions allowing think time in between each question. The teacher will chart student answers to each question.
  • 1. What do you see?
  • 2. What do you think?
  • 3. What do you wonder?
  • After students have shared their answers to each question, the teacher will share background knowledge about the artist and artwork.
  • Using a document camera, the teacher will model the style of pointillism. 
  • The teacher should show the students the style of pointillism using the Q-tip and paint. 
  • Students will practice Van Gogh's style of painting pointillism using Q-tips and paint to create a sunflower.
  • The teacher will check for understanding of Van Gogh’s style of painting by evaluating the student's painting using a rubric. 
Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will use a rubric to analyze students' understanding of Van Gogh's style.


Advanced Preparation:
Variation Tips (optional):

Watch BrainPOP Jr. video on Vincent Van Gogh. 

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
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