A model robot is used as the subject for this Pointillist painting. Using cotton buds and a basic paint palette, the picture is gradually built up using a series of coloured dots to create a single image. There is animated reference to the Pointillism movement and to Pointillist painter Georges Seurat as well as some of his works to set this in context and add an element of art history. The robot picture is shown as it is constructed stage by stage from a single dot to completion. Children are encouraged to use and experiment with this technique on their own creations.

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An alternative activity for colour mixing- use adjacent dots to form a secondary colour (e.g. red and blue side by side to give a purple effect) without actually mixing the two. Pupils could experiment with Pointillism techniques on black paper for effect. Pupils could use as an outlining technique for images, words or single letters for display.