Pointillism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this lesson plan to help you teach students the artistic technique of pointillism. Students watch a lesson describing pointillism and its key contributors. They then observe pointillist works before giving the method a try.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain pointillism
  • describe and discuss pointillist artists and their methods


50 minutes for the lesson, plus time to work on piece


  • Access to the lesson Pointillism: Definition, History & Artists, one for each student
  • Copies or images of art using the pointillism method for students to view
  • Art supplies necessary to create pointillism, such as canvas, brushes and paint. If unavailable, students could use markers, paper and pencils.

Key Vocabulary

  • Pointillism
  • Post-Impressionist
  • Georges Seurat
  • Chromoluminarism
  • Paul Signac
  • Maximilian Luce
  • Vincent van Gogh

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

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