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At-Home Art Activity: Let’s Make Dots! July 28, 2020

By The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tags: painting, museum, houston, home, create, masterpiece, nature, pointillist, dots, family-activities

Achille Laugé - La route

Achille Laugé, La route (The Road), 1893, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection, Museum purchase funded by the Audrey Jones Beck Accessions Endowment Fund.

Achille Laugé, La route (The Road) (detail), 1893, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection, Museum purchase funded by the Audrey Jones Beck Accessions Endowment Fund.

Let’s get to (Pointillist) painting! Pointillism, developed in the late 19th century, is a painting technique in which tiny dots of color come together to form images and figures. One of the artists who practiced Pointillism was French painter Achille Laugé—as seen in La route (The Road), from the MFAH collection of European art.

With this art activity inspired by La route, kids at home can explore nature and make Pointillist paintings of their own. Take a closer look at the “confetti” Pointillist technique that Laugé used in his painting, then create your own masterpiece. Follow along with the Museum’s studio and gallery programs manager, Elizabeth Roath Garcia, using this how-to video and instruction guide.

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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Samuel H. Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.