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Anyone Can Paint a Dot

Inspired by the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds, students create their own dot "painting" using Crayola Twistable Slick Stix.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Share "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds as a read aloud to the class. Pose questions during the read such as, Why do you think the main character, Vashti, doesn't think she can draw? How do you think Yashti feels when the teacher hangs up her work? How did Vashti encourage the little boy at the end of the story? Why does an artist sign their work? Share illustrations from the picture book to enhance student contribution to the discussion. Encourage conversation about doing your best work and persevering, as well. When the conversation appears complete, inform children that they will be creating a dot painting using Crayola Twistable Slick Stix just like Vashti from "The Dot".
    2. Cover the tables with recycled newspaper and distribute smocks to students. Be aware that Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces.
    3. Provide each student a 12" by 18" ( cm x cm) white construction paper. Provide paper a plate to be used as a circle template. Demonstrate to students how to trace a circle in the center of the construction paper.
    4. Have students decide whether they want to make their dots on the inside or outside of the traced circle. After they make their choice demonstrate how to color their area with half inch or so colored dots. Encourage students to keep the edges of their circle clean. The dots will eventually touch each other and create a large circle.
    5. Once complete, have students sign their work as was done in the read aloud. Display children's artwork in the classroom or on a hallway bulletin board. Students can present their work to the class and have a summary discussion encouraging each other's efforts.
  • Standards

    LA: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

    LA: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

    LA: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

    LA: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

    MATH: Identify and describe shapes.

    MATH: Analyze, compare and compose shapes.

    VA: Use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art.

    VA: Elaborate on imaginative ideas.

    VA: Engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials.

  • Adaptations

    Explore Pointillism with visual examples of Seurat's work for older students. Limit your color palette and show how colors mix together in your eye to make a new color. Example, blue and yellow dots together will blend to look green, red and yellow dots next to each other blend together and appear orange.

    The "Dot" project can be done with Crayola tempera paint as well. Younger students can use their fingers to make dots with finger paint.

    Create a large group mural with all students taking part in painting different dots. Try painting the dots with Crayola neon tempera paints on large black paper.


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