Pointillism Leaf Art for Kids

Let's have some fun and learn all about the beautiful painting technique of Pointillism as we create this awesome Pointillism Leaf Art for kids!

pointillism leaf art for kids

Besides having tons of fun and enjoying some creative time, this Seurat inspired pointillism craft is an excellent opportunity to teach older kids a little about art history. Alternatively if you have toddlers or preschoolers, this Seurat inspired leaf craft can be a terrific way to help little ones start recognising colours and shapes!

So, grab your supplies, and let's dot away! 

Looking for more leaf art and craft ideas to add to your craft collection? Check these out Fun Leaf Crafts & Activities

What is Pointillism?

So first things first, what is pointillism? Pointillism is a painting technique created by the French artist George Seurat. 

Only using the point of their brushes, painters created entire landscapes, abstracts and portraits artworks using tiny dots and even little dashes. They used these tiny marks to make shapes and blend colours instead of mixing colour paint and using brush strokes. 

This technique was not popular at first with the traditional artists, but it soon became appreciated for its beauty. It allowed people to have a whole different perception of how colour works. 

Looking at the paintings at a distance makes your eyes blend the colours, but as you get closer, you can appreciate all the tiny little dots that create the painting's shapes. It's almost like magic!

Pointillism Leaf Art

Using the pointillism technique we have created a really fun leaf art project that is perfect for any age! Take a look at some of Georges Seurat's artwork before getting started as inspiration. If you want to find our more about easy pointillism art then also have another art project inspired by Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres that you might want to give a try. 

pointillism leaf craft for kids

Pointillism Leaf Art - Supplies:

  • Art paper
  • Watercolors
  • Template (grab below!)
  • Cotton swab 
  • Small paintbrush 

Pointillism Leaf Art - Instructions:

STEP 1: Download and Print out the leaf template.

Scroll down below and grab our free leaf printable template! Once you have it, print it out onto art paper and let's begin!

printable leaf template

STEP 2: Start dotting!

Grab a round paintbrush with a small tip and use watercolors to paint little dots of different colours inside the leaf. Autumn leaf colours of red, orange, yellow, green and brown work well, but get creative and try out other colour combinations too. 

dot painting for kids

Pointillism art for kids

Continue until the leave outline is filled with dots! 

Leaf art

STEP 3: Add more dots.

Using a cotton swab make bigger dots around the background. We used different shades of blue, but again get creative, other colours would work well too!

leaf art for kids

STEP 4: Outline your work.

Take black glue, a black marker or black paint and outline the leaf to make the shape really stand out!

pointillism for kids

This is such an entertaining art project and the results are beautiful.  I love how it keeps the kids engaged the whole time!

TOP TIPS: This pointillism leaf craft doesn't have to be made using watercolour paints. Other suggestions are to add dots using markers, or to dip fingers in paint and fill the outline with fingerprint dots. 

pointillism autumn leaf craft for kids

Scroll down for the leaf template. If you want to find out a little more about Georges Seurat before getting started take a look at our Georges Seurat printable pack full of art ideas and information. 

Georges Seurat pointillism craft

If you love art you might also want to check out our full famous artist bundle with art projects and informations for 20 different artists. 

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To download these Pointillism Leaf Art Printable for free click on the link below and use the discount code: leaf. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

printable leaf template

This pointillism leaf art project for kids is such a fun activity to try as we head into autumn. It's amazing how relaxing it is even for adults to try. Have fun! 

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