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9-12 Graders: Pointalism Scene 

Products Used

  • Low-Fire Clay
  • SC-2 Melon-Choly, SC-5 Tiger Tail, SC-14 Java Bean, SC-15 Tuxedo, SC-16 Cotton Tail, SC-22 Carrot Top, SC-24 Dandelion, SC-25 Cracker Jack, SC-33 Fruit of the Vine, SC-34 Down to Earth, SC-41 Brown Cow, SC-60 Silver Lining, SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue, SC-74 Hot Tamale, SC-75 Orange-A-Peel, S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing

Decorating Accessories

  • MT-007 Divots, AC-219 Designer Bottle with Tip, AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Moist Low-Fire Clay, 1/4" Wooden Slats, Canvas, Rolling Pin, Fettling Knife, Needle Tool, Slip/Clay Slurry, Straight Edge, Cone Form, XST 03 Stylus
  • Download: Pattern


SC Pointalism Scene
Designer: Carmen Allen


For grade levels 9-12

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from impressionism. The term "pointillism" was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation. The technique is also known as divisionism. The movement Seurat began with this technique is known as Neo-impressionism.


  • Students will learn the steps of creating with clay including construction, bisque firing, glazing, and glaze firing

  • Students will use technology resources to see various samples of artists work using pointillism

  • Students will understand the fundamentals of color theory and how pointillism works to trick the eyes

National Standards

  • Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
  • Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
  • Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas


Clay Instructions:

  1. For the right depth of clay, lay out canvas fabric on table and place 1/4" slats on the left and right side of the canvas fabric.  Place a piece of moist clay about 4 lbs. in size in the middle of the fabric.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the clay to the size desired. The slats are used as a guide to keep your clay level and at the same thickness. Make sure the edges of the rolling pin hit the 1/4" slats.
  2. Using a fettling knife, cut out a 17" x 10" rectangle. With the rest of the slab, trace the patters provided for the row boat the the lighthouse and cut them out.
  3. For the lighthouse cut outs, take the MT-007 Divots and apply texture to all of the pieces using the rolling pin. Be sure not to push too hard causing the mat to move when the clay gets compressed.
  4. Wrap the large textured slab around the cone form; slip and score the seam. You may want to wrap the form in newspaper or apply corn starch so it will release easier. Once attached, lightly trace 2 lines in a spiral up the lighthouse to distinguish the different areas.
  5. Using the XST 03 stylus tool, fill in the spaces between the dots on one of the swirls.
  6. Attach the top and details via slipping and scoring.
  7. Let the clay set up until the clay can support itself, then remove the suppoting form.
  8. Align the 2 ouside pieces of the boat and attch by slipping a scoring to a coil down the center on the outside. Blend the inside so it is smooth
  9. For the texture on the outside of the boat, take a flat ended carving tool and carve out texture. 
  10. Attach the 2 parts of the paddle by slipping and scoring.
  11. Let all of the pieces dry slowly. Once they are completley dry fire them to bisque.

Glazing Instructions:

  1. Using AC-230 Clay carbon paper, transfer the pattern to the slab.
  2. You will need to dedicate an AC-219 Designer bottle with tip to each of the following colors: SC-2 Melon-Choly, SC-5 Tiger Tail, SC-16 Cotton Tail,SC-22 Carrot Top, SC-24 Dandelion, SC-33 Fruit of the Vine.
  3. Begin with the lightest parts of the water using the SC-16 Cotton Tail bottle. Then, add some SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue to the bottle to make a light blue. Add the dots to the water for that. Continue this process 3 or 4 times, until you have a very close match to the Cara-Bein Blue.
  4. Repeat this process with the beach area, but begin with the SC-5 Tiger Tail bottle and add SC-16 Cotton Tail to the bottle to make it lighter.
  5. For the sky, begin around the edge with SC-33 Fruit of the Vine and work your way towards the midding; integrating the colors into SC-22 Carrot Top, SC-2 Melon-Choly, SC-75 Orange-A-Peel, then SC-24 Dandelion. It doesn't need to be perfect row of blended colors. You may need to spread some colors out more the make the transitions smoother.
  6. Add some of the sky colors to the reflecton on the water.
  7. Let the dots dry completley then add 2 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing.
  8. Apply 1 coat of SC-74 Hot Tamale to one of the swirls on the lighthouse and SC-60 Silver Lining to the other.
  9. Carefully antique each color individually using a sponge.
  10. Apply 1 coat of SC-15 Tuxedo to the roof and details of the lighthouse and antique those as well.
  11. Let dry and apply 2 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing.
  12. Apply 1 coat of SC-34 Down to Earth to the outside of the boat and antique it once it's dry. 
  13. Add a thinned coat of SC-14 Java Bean, let dry, then add 1 coat of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing.
  14. Using the back end of a brush, apply dots of SC-14 Java Bean, SC-25 Cracker Jack, SC-34 Down to Earth, and SC-41 Brown Cow to the inside of the boat.
  15. Apply 3 coats of SC-14 Java Bean to the paddles.
  16. Let dry completley.
  17. Stilt and fore to shelf cone 06/05.

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