52 Paintings: Week 29 Lots of Dots!!

Lots of Dots by Christy Berry 20" x 20" Acrylic

Lots of Dots by Christy Berry 20″ x 20″ Acrylic

Greetings Readers,

I have created a lesson about using dots in artwork.  It is also a painting so I am counting it as one of my weeks.

Since, I do not have the rights to reproduce the whole lesson because I included art history in the lesson; I am writing about what the students make in response to the pieces of artwork that they looked at and analyzed.  I can share this part.  I start off my lesson with a video about making dots from one of my favorite stories called, The Dot by Peter Reynolds.

We look at different pieces of artwork that involve color, movement, and visual movement.  We then start to make our art and reflect on the process.

Step 1 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 1 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 1: Draw out the picture in pencil lightly.  Remind students to draw their dots lightly so that it does not indent the paper.  Explain that they can choose which way the paper is orientated. Also explain that they need to have visual movement in their picture and a way to do that is to have the dots follow a line and to use variety of sizes.

Step 2 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 2 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 2: Pick either warm or cool colors and paint the background with a larger brush for the first layer of paint. Remind students that acrylic paint does not come out of clothing!!

Step 3 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 3 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 3: Add tints (white) or shades (black) to the painting to give it a bit of variety and depth.

Step 4 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 4 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 4: Paint the circles in the color choice that they picked.  Students can use the same size brush as the background or a smaller brush.

Step 5 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 5 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 5: Add finishing touches and paint your signature in the corner.

That’s the project in a nutshell.  I will be using this lesson with my high school students at the end of the trimester.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

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