What I didn't know, until reading it on Hope Hunter Knight's blog here, is that September 15 is "International Dot Day"!! My art classes start on September 12 so the timing is perfect for a lesson based on The Dot.
I have the book so I may read it to classes or, it is also on YouTube, so we may just watch the animation.
There will be 4 classes of 4th graders and 1 class of third graders participating in this lesson focusing on the color wheel. I am planning on several different options of "dots" for each class. Some dot makers will be using colored markers and permanent Sharpies, some will use paint (tempera cakes) and permanent markers,
|I like to tape over the black and white to limit the palette to the 6 main color wheel colors.|
One class may use oil pastels and baby oil (see technique here). I haven't quite decided about that yet. Whatever the media, I will be asking students to use their knowledge of the color wheel to plan their art AND for those using concentric circles and Sharpie markers I will be focusing on repetition of line patterns. This will be a good way for me to find out what students remember from last year.
It feels GREAT to be back in the classroom even if the kids aren't in here with me yet!!!