What do you get when you combine old pasta, tacky glue, recycled toilet paper rolls and cereal boxes? Not much, until you spray it with gold paint and add a few glass beads!! Summer readers will fill our over-sized canvas with colored dot stickers, one for each book they read, to create a Pointillist work of art.
Pointillism is a technique developed by French painter Georges Seurat in the late 1800s. Rather than mixing paints to form new colors on a palette and then brushing them on the canvas, the artist carefully dabbed tiny dots of primary colors directly on the painting, paying close attention to how one color affected the color next to it. For example, if a yellow dot sits next to a blue dot, the eye will blend the two colors to create the impression of green from a distance. Seurat believed this technique would intensify the effect of light and color.
You can see a wonderful example of Pointillist art right here in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Museum of Art: a painting of a man sitting on a bench in the sun-dappled shade of several plane trees. Paul Signac painted Place des Lices, St. Tropez in 1893. This scene always reminds me of the grove of the plane trees outside the entrance to the Main Library!