The Art of Mathematics looks at a variety of artists and styles of art. For each artist we give a brief history of their life, links to examples of their work and ideas for mathematical activities to go with specific works. This article looks at the work of Georges Seurat. He created paintings using tiny dabs or strokes of pure, contrasting colours. From a distance, the coloured dots came together to create a brilliance that mirrored actual light conditions known as pointillism.
Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884, 1884-86, oil on canvas, 81-3/4 x 121-1/4 inches / 207.5 x 308.1 cm (The Art Institute of Chicago).
View this work up close on the Google Art Project: http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/the-art-institute-of-chicago/artwork/a-sunday-on-la-grande-jatte-1884-georges-seurat/609033/
To understand what pointillism was.
To understand the terms primary and secondary colours.
To be able to create secondary colours.
To create test patterns.
To create a picture using pointillist techniques.
To produce a series of test squares that show how to create different colours using ‘pointillism’.
To make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work.
To create a simple image that can be painted in a pointillist style.
two more sheets to go with previous ones for this topic. Cut and stick sheet with pictures of physical and human features for children to sort plus drawing od Katie Morag's Island where children are instructed to colour physical features green and human features red. Good differentiation allowing children to choose how they show you what they know.
List of art techniques for students to try within their work.
When I used this I got the students to select which techniques they wanted to try and which ones they could self study. I then planned skills workshops with smaller groups based on their choices.
This scheme of work is designed to get students thinking about mixed media rather than just presenting photographs. It links with the AO2- refinement of ideas and encourages students to explore mixed media methods of refining ideas.
When I taught this, I incorporated is as a mini project within a larger scheme to develop a wider range of experimentation. The other part of the scheme focused on computer editing and manipulation so the two worked well together to produce a varied body of experiments.
Included to download is:
1)Scheme of work. Week by week plan including homework tasks with resource list and outcome list. Each stage is also given a series of higher order thinking questions to use with students at this stage of the scheme of work to develop their HOT skills.
2) Project powerpoint and student notes sheet
3) Stitching/ Textiles in photography image inspiration powerpoint. This can be printed/ edited to suit. It contains lots of contemporary artists.
4) Project tutorial sheets to fill out when you have 1-2-1 discussions with the students about their ideas. This allows you to track their progress to their target grades and give them individual weekly tasks if they need it.
List of photography experimentation techniques
When I used this I found it really useful for students to tick the techniques they would like to try. I then arranged skills workshops to show smaller groups, whilst the others selected which techniques they could self study.
Editable and printable for use