Last term we looked at some pointillism art. The pointillism technique was first used to describe the work of French artist Georges Seurat. Seurat, along with fellow artist Paul Signac, was inspired by the Impressionist paintings of the day. Seurat began to paint using small, distinct dots — points — of pure color. Below is one of Seurat’s paintings.
We first began to experiment with mixing colours by dividing a circle into six sections. In each alternate section we used the primary colors -red, blue and yellow – and filled each with dots. We then filled the empty section with the two adjoining colours, to create the illusion of a new colour.
So, for example, we combined red dots and blue dots to create the impression that the colour was purple. We then used yellow and blue dots to create the impression that the colour was green. In the last section we used yellow and red dots to create the impression that the colour was orange.
Here are some examples of our circle dots:
We then attempted our own version of a dot painting.
Notan is a Japanese word meaning the balance between dark and light.
It is also an art form involving paper cutting and positive and negative shapes.
The Japanese artists begin with black and white paper and cut out shapes and lines to create a unique design, but we looked at the colour wheel and chose to complete our Notan art using contrasting and analogous colours.