Happy International Dot Day!
BAIS artists of all ages kicked off the year with Peter Reynolds' classic The Dot, the story of a doubting student who is challenged to trust in her own abilities and be brave enough to “make her mark”. Over the past two weeks, we've joined arts educators and students around the world who celebrate International Dot Day by promoting creativity, courage, and collaboration in the classroom with projects inspired by this powerful story.
They also created sculptures using recycled bottle caps after viewing Wassily Kandinsky's Concentric Circles....
And practiced their watercolor technique while making vibrant sun catchers!
To gear up for this unit's big mural project, grades 2-5 discussed the importance of working together and completed a collaborative circle piece incorporating the elements of art.
Grade 2/3 students experimented with wax resist painting to create their own dot-inspired masterpieces.
And after examining the use of symbolism in the work of street artist Keith Haring, grade 4/5 and middle school students began brainstorming their own visual symbols. Using their knowledge of design principles and art elements, they used these symbols to create mandalas and shields that communicate personal and cultural values.