Walter Ufer, Going to the Waterhole, Santa Clara, Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in., 1989.4.1, Gift of Harrison Eiteljorg

Art Using Pointillism

Projects & Activities

This activity is inspired by the artist Walter Ufer, who was a member of the Taos Society of Artists. Ufer sometimes used a painting technique called pointillism, which involves small painted dots to create areas of color that form a pattern or picture.

Materials Needed:


Oil Pastels

Personal Photograph



Step 1:

Find a photograph of your favorite landscape you have visited.


Step 2:

Sketch it out on a piece of paper. 


Step 3:

Using the oil pastels, start adding color to your drawing.


Step 4:

Blend the color with your finger or a paper towel.


Step 5:

For the sky and/or background use the pastels to create small dots. Experiment by placing the dots closer together or farther apart. Get creative with your color choices have fun!

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