Painting like Georges Seurat, who created the pointillist technique, is a fun activity for kids. And this idea, for painting on cookies, takes it one step further - art and a tasty snack!
Learning about Georges Seurat
Georges Seurat is a great artist for kids to learn about. His techniques are easy enough that kids can appreciate the pointillism effect in their own artwork. I've collected a variety of project ideas and resources for learning about him and his art and techniques. You can find those resources in this post - Georges Seurat for Kids.
Today, let's spend some time painting like Seurat with these pointillism cookies.
Painting on cookies is an easy and fun project with edible results - kid's will have fun painting and eating their creations. You'll need:
sugar cookie dough
3-4 small containers
The first thing you'll need to do is make your cookie dough - either purchase a tube of premade sugar cookie dough, use your favorite recipe, or print out and use the recipe below.
Once your sugar cookie dough is ready, roll out your cookies and place them on baking sheets.
Put a teaspoon of water into 3 or 4 small containers (a teaspoon into each container) and add a few drops of food coloring, using separate containers for each color. Break the q-tips in half and use both ends to 'paint' your designs on the cookies, using Seurat's pointillism technique - with small dots of color.
When you've finished painting the cookies, sprinkle sugar over the top of each cookie and bake according to the recipe instructions. Enjoy your finished creation!
The inspiration for this project comes from the book (that's an affiliate link -->) Monet and the Impressionists for Kids - it's full of fun activities and project ideas as well as lots of great information on the impressionist artists. If you're learning about impressionists with your kids, this is the one resources you definitely want on your shelf!
For more fabulous art ideas, take a look at the programs at Masterpiece Society:
Sugar Cookie Recipe
If you need a recipe for sugar cookies, our favorite is from the (affiliate link) America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. It isn't the kind of dough you roll out and cut with cookie cutters, but it's one fabulous cookie!
Makes: 2 dozen cookies
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 Tablespoons softened butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 and adjust oven rack to middle position.
Set aside 1/2 cup sugar in a small dish for coating the cookies.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Beat the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed, until fluffy, 3-6 minutes.
Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Make sure it's well combined.
Slowly mix in flour mixture with the mixer on low speed, about 30 seconds.
Lightly wet your hands and roll 2 tablespoons of dough at a time into balls, rolling them in sugar before placing them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Space them about 2 inches apart (they spread as they cook).
Flatten the cookies slightly with the bottom of a buttered drinking glass.
Bake one pan at a time, 10-12 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking time.
Cook on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring the cooled cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
What kind of art study are you doing with your kids this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!