Art Lesson | The Dot
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Supplies: construction paper, crayons, white drawing paper, pencil, glue stick
This is a great lesson where your child is given one item, a circle (dot), and from there they are free to be as creative and unique as they are themselves.
The Dot by Peter Reynolds is a favorite of all the kids that I have the honor of sharing art lessons with in their classrooms. This story illustrates something that a lot of kids go through when they visualize something in their mind but end up unhappy when they try to illustrate it on paper. A lot of times children feel like giving up, or that their artwork isn’t good enough. I love the clear and wonderful lesson that is learned by Vashti throughout this story and hopefully finds it’s way into your children’s hearts as well.
To begin, I would start by sharing the book, The Dot, and reading aloud from it. You can find it at most libraries or book stores, and I’m sure it will find it’s way into your heart after one reading.
After the story, it’s a great opportunity for a discussion about what Vashti learned. Some good talking points may be:
Why do you think Vashti didn’t want to draw in art class?
What do you think Vashti was feeling?
How did the teacher help Vashti?
What did Vashti learn about art?
How did Vashti go and help someone else who was feeling bad/insecure about themselves?
Hopefully the lesson Vashti learned will resonate, and your child can grasp the idea that art is not about good and bad. Art can be different for each and every person, each and every child. So most importantly, we don’t want to give up.
For this lesson, we are going to start with a dot. Vashti, which created dots as art is our inspiration. From one dot, we are going to make anything we want! It’s good to have a few circles pre cut in a variety of colors.
Have your child choose one circle and place it on their white paper. They can use a glue stick to secure it.
From this point they are free to create anything they want. If they need a few jumping off ideas, some suggestions could be: what part of an animal could be a circle, what part of a building or a landscape could we use the circle in, could it be part of a human body? The list can be so vast and wide, I usually don’t like to give them specifics because the best creations are the ones that come from them.
You may find that your child won’t want to stop at just one picture. So feel free to let them to a variety of drawings using different colored dots. Once they secured their dot with glue, and completed their sketch with their pencil, they can then fill in with crayon.
When they are finished, there’s just one last step before completion, be sure to tell them to “sign it”.
Some examples of dot artwork by a 3rd and 1st grader….