We really enjoyed Seurat’s first masterpiece “Bathers at Asnieres”.
Following Charlotte Mason’s approach to art appreciation the girls quietly studied a print of this work and then orally narrated what they remembered in the picture. I read a short biography and they wrote their biography on our Famous Impressionist Biography notebooking pages.
In our last Seurat study, we found real life photos depicting his “Sunday Afternoon on the Ile de la Grande Jatte” and because his composition in “Bathers” is so formal and still, we decided to make a 3D model of this painting.
We only used what we had. We looked at the size of objects, proportion and the layout. (A quick revision lesson about the laws of perspective!)
With a little prestick, some cardboard, Lego pieces,
a few home-made rag dolls (that the girls play with instead of Barbie’s), some pins and a lot of fiddling
and this was our result!
It took a lot longer than we expected. It also required much less space because it all has to fit in the camera frame. We were all really pleased with our ‘real life’ Seurat-inspired masterpiece.
I also prepared 6 pages of outline drawings of this painting which you are welcome to download ~ Outline Bathers at Asnieres
Here’s some ideas of what I may do …
- Perhaps we’ll use it to paint and use ear buds to dab paint in pointillism style …
- Maybe we’ll colour it in and cut it up and create our own puzzle (page 2) …
- Or we could divide it into quarters and enlarge each to make a large mural (page 3,4,5,6) …
- Perhaps we could create a collage and paste coloured paper and material on the shapes …
What other ideas do you have?
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Hi! I’d like to ask you a question: are theese sketches drawn by you or they are original?
@Blog Stud, Hi Alice, these are all my own sketches. Enjoy!
Fantastic work! 🙂
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Q-tips work wonderfully for pointillism.
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Super idea! Just added this to my favorites to remember for lessons I might give in the future. Super!!
Such a great idea! Have you seen this real life model of a Seurat work? http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldonliner/179379698/
We’re studying Seurat right now, and we’ll definitely be adding this to our agenda very soon!
Fantastic! I ADORE this idea. We must try it.
Well done! You make this look so easy. We have done something similar once and I never connected the lessons we were re-enforcing. It was just fun 🙂 Do you have a pattern for the dolls? They are beautiful and just what my girls are needing so we can move all of the Barbies out of our house. Thanks for everything you share. I love art but never did much with my children until I found your blog and was inspired.
I will post our rag doll pattern and step-by-step of how I made the entire family sometime soon. Because they have pipe-cleaner skeletons, they can be positioned very easily.
This is absolutely amazing!! They did such a great job! My boys like to do narrations with their Legos, blocks, Playmobil, ect, but I never thought to do a model of the picture we are studying. They are going to love this! :o)
We did a 3D (some days ago) on Carl Larsson’s Cowshed. This 3D is a really good tool to educate kids perspective and scale. It is also fun. However, the ‘problem’ is that even before the ‘scene’ is done, my daughter starts to play!
Your 3D model is delightful! The Legos are irresistible! But I let my youngest take photos of us while we were working (hence some blurry images) and she remained focused.
This is an amazing idea. What a great way to help the kids really absorb/remember the painting. I never would have thought of that! I’d like to include it along with the images of other art ‘remade’.