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Chuck Close is a famed American artist who creates larger than life portraits of people he knows. His artwork is made by creating a grid over a photograph then carefully re-creating the picture square-by-square onto a canvas. Close uses a style of art called pointillism, creating the final image using lots and lots of small dots that, from a distance, blend into one complete picture. Teaching your child how to use pointillism is a great way to encourage creativity and teach him about a new kind of art. Using cotton swabs and some black and white paint, he can easily make a special self-portrait of his own.