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14 of My Favourite Classes for Dot Day!


The beginning of the varsity 12 months is my favourite time to learn and rejoice the e book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Not solely does it educate our college students that everybody is an artist and easy methods to embrace a progress mindset however…Dot Day is a celebration of JUST THAT and it takes place yearly on September fifteenth. Excellent timing!

I’ve kicked the varsity 12 months off with MANY totally different Dot Day artwork classes and I assumed I’d pile all of them into one huge weblog submit only for you. From easy one-day classes to longer format classes, I’ve bought you coated. Remember to search for the hyperlinks and provides them a faucet. Many hyperlinks include (free!) handouts and movies so that you can use in your artwork room. 

Okay, let’s get began!

#1 A lesson that I’ve executed FOR YEARS with my kindergarten college students is that this Dot Day lesson. Proper after our First Days of Artwork sculpture mission, we dive into portray! Should you comply with the hyperlink, you may see me educating portray to my kindergarteners on their third day of artwork class. 

I’ve executed this lesson a few alternative ways. Typically we paint on cardboard pizza rounds (ya know, cuz they’re a circle and all) and different instances, like right here, we paint on squares of paper. Regardless, we all the time begin with a dot sticker proper within the center.

#2 Final 12 months, I had everybody create a portray the identical approach as these kindergarten items. As soon as full, the scholars lower their work into fourths and rearranged them onto one other sq. of paper. Particulars could be discovered right here. 

As soon as full, it was hung as this huge collaborative piece!

#3 Final 12 months we additionally went Dot Day WILD by doing facilities. I LOVE doing facilities with the children as a result of it makes it so, in a brief period of time, they wager to expertise an assortment of supplies and strategies. I created quick movies to speak them by way of the facilities so they might simply go for it! You’ll be able to see the tip outcome on this weblog submit. However make sure you try my strategies and movies for the way these had been created right here

#4 Dot Day Printing was one of many child’s favourite dot day actions as a result of they’d immediate masterpieces! All we used had been pizza pans bought on the Greenback Tree and paint! They signed and gave their work a reputation and we strung them all through the halls. This was a someday exercise with a big impact. 

We additionally learn Little Spot of Kindness which was a terrific one to learn firstly of the varsity 12 months!

#5 Should you educate older college students (fifth and up) otherwise you simply wish to dive right into a longer-format mission for Dot Day, you could wish to give this string artwork lesson of mine a attempt. Video included in submit!

I truly did these firstly of the varsity 12 months with my fourth graders and so they appeared superb for Open Home!

#6 Circle loom weaving is certainly one of my hottest weblog posts! I believe it is as a result of…I discovered a method to make it simple for teenagers to study and revel in. Despite the fact that the weblog submit is a little bit bit older, it nonetheless has all of the video particulars you and your college students want. I’ve executed this lesson efficiently with second grade on up. I’d advocate that should you do that firstly of the varsity 12 months, third grade and up is the most effective age group. 

Even merely painted, these plates are stunning! Let me stroll you thru how we make these with out the mess of combined colours and patterns. 

#7 Try these easy metallic aid items my third graders created one 12 months! I am a sucker for Sharpies and foil, y’all. Lesson right here. 

So sparkly!

#8 Want a SIMPLE but BEAUTIFUL Dot Day show? Do that one!

Now let me provide an replace for that submit: PLEASE when doing these espresso filters, PLEASE…do your self an enormous favor…do not dry them on plastic. Have children create the dots on a STYROFOAM plate and allow them to dry on mentioned plate. I’d apologize for shouting however it is a BIG mistake I see people make! When it dries on paper, the colour leaves the filter and stains the paper. Then you’ve gotten a tragic wanting filter! So…hearken to your Mama Cass on this one. I urge of you!

#9 Dot Day Get together! Why not throw some large sheets of paepr on the tables, bust out these metallic artwork provides like markers, oil pastels and paint, activate Emily Arrow’s the Dot music and allow them to create their very own dots as they dance across the room?! That is how these had been created and used as a backdrop for our large hallway show. Test it out within the hyperlink!

Then we hung all of them collectively for our show!

So whether or not you retain it easy or go hog wild, I do hope I’ve given you some inspiration right here!


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