Dot Pictures

Rolie Polie Olie is a story about a little robot, composed of several spheres and other three-dimensional geometric shapes. Polie family lives in a teapot shaped house in a geometric world called Planet Polie, which is populated by robots. The story revolves around a young robot named Olie learning life lessons, going on wacky adventures with his sister Zowie, inventor father, hard working mom, fun-loving grandfather and his dog Spot.

George Seurat (1859 – 1891) was a famous French post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. Noted for his innovative use of drawing media, he is credit for devising a painting technique known as Pointillism (1886). Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. 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.

Based on:

Rolie Polie Olie illustrated by William Joyce


  • Paper
  • Cotton swabs
  • Washable tempera paint


Draw using an art technique called 'Pointillism.'

Going About Your Artwork
Think of what you want to paint: flowers, people, houses, animals, fish, the ocean... use your imagination. If you are unsure, draw lightly with a pencil first. Begin by gently dipping the end of the cotton swab into the color you want to use first. Gently press the end of the swab on to the paper. Continue adding color to the area you are working on. When you want to change color, get a new swab to work with. Keep adding color and pretty soon you will have beautiful painting made completely with dots of color!

Extension Activity
Visit your local school or public library and learn more about Georges Seurat and Pointillism.