New view on an old clock

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Fourth and fifth grade students began the final step of their re-creation of the old Willard clock tower on the former city hall building.

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Students are exploring pointillism in this last step of the painting process as they add dots of varying color to their images.

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Pointillism is the practice of applying small strokes or dots of contrasting color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together. The term was first used to describe the paintings of Georges Seurat.

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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.

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The technique relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the color spots into a fuller range of tones. It is a technique with few serious practitioners today.

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The students are about halfway through this step, and they are quickly moving to complete their paintings.

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It’s interesting to watch their progress on their paintings.

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Students are beginning to see what pointillism is about as they experience it firsthand, seeing the colors mix and blend together.

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This has been an interesting process that has pushed and stretched the students skills, knowledge and abilities.

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The students are excited to see the completion of their paintings and be able to display them around the community to help build awareness and raise support to build the new clock tower in Willard.

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  1. I have enjoyed watching the progress of your project;very nice. In addition to learning about and appreciating art, you are learning about the importance of preserving local history. Your finished product is sure to help the City of Willard in building awareness and raising financial support to build the new clock tower. –Marty Sowers,President of the Willard Historical Society. We have a meeting Tuesday night I will report on what you are doing to promote the project. Thanks again for what you are doing.

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