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Pointillism Exhibit Scoring High Points

Pointillism Exhibit Scoring High Points

Article and Photo by Wendy Dwyer

A new, free exhibit just opened at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, and it might have you seeing dots – or rather points. Students from all over the Treasure Coast are featured in the unique new art exhibit of the Kinetic Pointillism movement, which will be on display through Thursday, March 28th and is open to the public. On hand for the exhibit’s opening were some very enthusiastic young artists and their families. For many, it was a chance to experience their first major art exhibit opening, and for the student artists, the thrill was magnified because some of their own artwork is being displayed. Students from Sebastian River High School, Somerset College Prep Academy in Port St. Lucie and Indian River State College’s Clark Advanced Learning Center in Stuart were on hand to share their creativity and artistry with members of the public and to help explain the premise of kinetic pointillism.

Kinetic pointillism is a style of painting where points of color create an image and are applied in patterns of movement that reinforce the message of the painting. If you will, it is a spinoff or evolution of its predecessor, pointillism, which was made famous in 1886 by post-impressionist artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Arguably, the most famous example of the original pointillism is Seurat’s, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, but imagine if, in that tranquil and stationary setting, you could actually feel the movement of the water, the gentle breeze, or the wagging tail of the dog being walked simply by the patterns and placement of the ‘points’ or dabs of paint? That’s essentially what kinetic pointillism is all about, and the show at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center may be the first major art movement in history to be creatively driven by students of high school age.

According to Rob Ottesen, artist and the creator of the Kinetic Pointillism School (KPS), “KPS was originally intended to be an art movement for adults. But when a high school student from Indian River State College’s Clark Advanced Learning Center in Stuart won an award in a public contest for the style, it became clear that the future of the movement belonged to the next generation.” Ottesen says the students from Clark Advanced Learning Center, the Somerset College Prep Academy in Port St. Lucie and Sebastian River High School in Indian River County have taken over creative control of kinetic pointillism and are branching out in directions that could never have been anticipated.

If you’d like to learn more about kinetic pointillism, including how your school or student can become involved, you’ll have to get kinetic, get moving and visit to view the online gallery and possibly become one of the artists whose work is spotlighted at the March gallery exhibit.


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