"Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites." ~Peter H. Reynolds
Students start by listening to The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Each grade level then created different versions of art inspired by making a mark, and seeing where it takes you.
3rd grade students learned different paper folding techniques (accordion, arch, curl, tabs, fringe, spiral). On their first day of sculpting, they practiced making these different techniques using their table color of paper. They then worked as a group to create a sculpture that used all the pieces made by the table.
On their second day of sculpting, they picked out their own pieces of paper and got to work cutting and folding using the techniques from the first day. They then took those pieces and glued them onto a circular base. Students could make a black dot on gray paper, or a gray dot on black paper.
4th grade students celebrated International Dot Day by creating a Wassily Kandinsky inspired wax resist painting (to learn more about him and his art, click here).
Students first drew a series of concentric circles with crayons:
Students then painted the entire surface of their paper with watercolor paint:
Pieces in the drying rack, and then ready for display:
All pieces were then put together to create one, large collaborative artwork:
4th grade students also used the Quiver app to create an augmented reality dot to interact with.
Learn about Quiver here. Download the Dot Day page here.
5th grade students celebrated International Dot Day by creating a up-cycled project using an old CD to make a weaving project. Students started by warping the CD. They then picked out 10 pieces of yarn. Once these 10 pieces were woven onto their CD, they could stop or continue weaving.
The finished CDs fit perfectly above their lockers: