Dot Painting Activity with Printable Tree
Art projects are some of my kids’ favorite activities, but sometimes the mess of paint and markers can keep us from trying certain activities. One low mess art project we do often is pencil painted dots. It’s a great way to introduce the pointillism technique to younger kids. Pointillism is the art technique of using small dots of paint that appear to be blended together when viewed from a distance. Usually pointillism is done with a paint brush but I find unsharpened pencils to be easier to clean than paint brushes. Also, kids love to make paint dots with the pencil erasers!
This simple art project can be changed up for the season and combined as a larger project for the end of the school year portfolio. The bottom of the page has an area to write the season or another description of the tree.
- Printable Tree
- Unsharpened Pencil
- Brown Crayon or Marker
- Paper Towel
Set up paints and paper with the paper towel close by. Use the paper towel to wipe off the pencil eraser between paint colors.
First, color the tree trunk and branches with crayons or markers.
Next, dip the eraser side of the pencil into the paint and press it on the paper. Adding dots near the tree limbs make the dots look like leaves.
Wipe the eraser off and dip it in a new paint color. Continue dotting colorful leaves on the paper until the tree is full.
Let the paint dry.
Write a short description of your tree on the line near the bottom of the page. Display all the colorful trees by hanging them up together.
More painting fun:
- Paint an apple tree for a back to school activity.
- Use a rainbow of colors for an imaginary gumball tree.
- Paint one tree each season and display them together as a final art project.