The Dot

Hello Parents, Students, & Blog readers!

Thank you for bearing with me and continuing to tune in despite my absence these past 2 weeks.  The month of September had not started off kindest to me, however it is getting better – and just in time for Rosh Hashana!  🙂

I like to begin the school year with introducing my pre-nursery – 3rd graders to the book called The Dot.  It’s a fabulous story about a little girl who is frustrated with art and doesn’t believe she’s good, only to later discover that she is really, indeed fantastic.

the dot


I really love how this lesson translates across grades, and it’s really incredible for me to watch how students of various ages, execute the project.

The nursery school students used primary color paint and corks to stamp dots all over their paper.  They get to see how colors mix and make other colors (just like Vashti in the book!).


Kids in grades k-3 do their project a little differently.  They use circular objects to make “dots”.  I show them how they can put dots inside dots, overlap dots, put dots behind dots, etc.  And then I explain how the picture will not look like anything in particular, and I seize the opportunity to tell them about abstract art,  using the artist Jackson Pollock as reference.  The kids get so into it and they made art that just blew me away!


Please stay tuned so I can share with you what the kids in our upper graders are doing!

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