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February 6, 2012

Dot Art--A Lesson on Creativity

I love, Love, LOVE this book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds. A girl named Vashti is frustrated in Art Class and thinks she doesn't know how to draw or be an artist. Her teacher teaches her a very important lesson when she says "Just make a mark and see where it takes you." Vashti angrily makes a small dot on the paper and signs it. To her surprise, her teacher frames the picture and puts right above her desk. When Vashti sees it the next day, she is determined that she can make a better dot, and then an even better dot, etc. Soon she is displaying her artwork in the the school's art show, which makes quite a splash with everyone. This book is sure to help your children understand that they really are artists.

To go along with this book we got out our watercolors just like Vashti did and started by painting dots. Any kind of dots we wanted, any color, any size....It was so much fun that we found ourselves painting several different pages of different dots.

After our dots were dry, we came back to them and used our creativity to turn them into a work of art. Using oil pastels, we made finishing details on our papers, and then signed our artwork. Here is what I came up with using the dots pictured above.

Luke had fun making animals out of his dots...

And he says this is Saturn with the Sun and Stars in the background...

Andrew connected his dots together to make a Pyramid...

And a sky full of butterflies and balloons...

I had fun making a colorful tree...

And a pond full of fish...

Once their creativity started flowing, they had hundreds of different ideas of things they could create with dots. I thought I would put one of their pictures in a frame in their bedroom to act as a reminder to them that their minds are full of creativity and that they are indeed an Artist.

Happy Crafting!

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Kristy said... Best Blogger Tips

Just added this to our library list! Thanks for sharing!

LeeanneA said... Best Blogger Tips

This is very cute - I like the extension of this past the everyday insects we see drawn with dots!

Shawna said... Best Blogger Tips

I haven't heard of this book...I will be looking for it on my next trip to the book store...thanks for the suggestion. I LOVE what you did with your boys, so creative and fun...I hope you frame one or two of those masterpieces!

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Jenny K said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this art lesson! The pictures turned out great.

Dianne said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks like fun! I just reserved this from our library so we can do this!

The Bishop Family said... Best Blogger Tips

This is awesome! What a great way of encouraging their imaginations!!!

Thanks for posting this friend!

Esther said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful book and I love all the paintings! going to put a hold on the book

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

That is such a fun idea! I totally want to try this with LC! I hope our library has the book too! I'm going to check right now and hopefully reserve it for us! Thanks for sharing this great craft! {If you haven't already I hope you'll link it up at Shine on Fridays!}

Sell...Party Of 4 said... Best Blogger Tips

I would have made a bubble gum machine. :)

Tonii said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful book! I can't wait to get this and read it with my girls. I love what you all came up with, your kids sure have one creative momma!!

Jill @ said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up!

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this wonderful array of ideas!

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so NEAT! I'll have to look for this book at our library! I love how your pictures turned out! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Cal said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE that book. so many fun things you can do with it.