Ever tried to find a lucky shamrock or four leaf clover? Why not try out a fun and easy shamrock art activity for St Patrick’s Day this March. Create your own fun shamrock dot art inspired by famous artist, Georges Seurat. We love simple St Patrick’s Day activities for kids!
COLORFUL SHAMROCK DOT PAINTING FOR KIDS
Georges Seurat was a famous French painter born in 1859. He was born into a wealthy family, so he was able to spend his life as an artist without having to worry about finances.
He originally followed a traditional path in the art world but then began to create pieces using a new art technique later called pointillism.
WHAT IS POINTILLISM?
Georges found that instead of mixing the colors of paint on a palette, he could paint tiny dots of different colors next to each other on the canvas and the eye would mix the colors.
He called this way of painting Divisionism. Today we call it Pointillism.
His paintings worked like computer monitors work today. His dots were like the pixels on a computer screen. During his career, Seurat showed a strong interest in the intellectual and scientific methods of art.
Pointillism is a fun method for children to try, especially because it’s easy to do, and requires just a few simple materials.
MORE ART INSPIRED BY GEORGES SEURAT
WHY STUDY FAMOUS ARTISTS?
Studying the artwork of the masters not only influences your artistic style but even improves your skills and decisions when creating your own original work.
It is great for kids to be exposed to different styles of art, experiment with different mediums, and techniques through our famous artist art projects.
Kids may even find an artist or artists whose work they really like and will inspire them to do more of their own art work.
Why is learning about art from the past important?
- Kids who are exposed to art have an appreciation for beauty!
- Kids who study art history feel a connection to the past!
- Art discussions develop critical thinking skills!
- Kids who study art learn about diversity at a young age!
- Art history can inspire curiosity!
SHAMROCK DOT ART
What are shamrocks? Shamrocks are the young sprigs of the clover plant. They are also a symbol of Ireland and are associated with St Patrick’s Day. Finding a four leaf clover is thought to bring you good luck!
- Printable shamrock template
- Acrylic paint
- Cotton swabs
- Glue stick
- Card stock
STEP 1: Print out the shamrock template.
STEP 2: Dip your cotton swab into the paint and then use it to color the different sections of your shamrock printable.
Alternatively for younger kids, brush paint on a Lego brick and use it to stamp dots on the shamrocks. Or add a different paint color within the dots.
STEP 3: For older kids, use the toothpicks to fill in the spaces between the larger dots to create a more saturated look.
STEP 4. Color and cut out your St Patrick’s Day heading.
STEP 5. Once your painting is dry, cut the individual shamrocks out and glue to a background card stock along with the heading.
MORE FUN ST PATRICK’S DAY ACTIVITIES
Try one of these St Patrick’s Day theme art and craft activities, science and slime!
PONTILLISM SHAMROCK PAINTING WITH GEORGES SEURAT
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