Students finished their Dot Day works today and combined them to make larger spheres inspired by the Peter H. Reynolds book, The Dot. Before we made it to the larger work, students completed their individual marks, photographed them, and uploaded them to Artsonia. We uploaded more than 90 pieces today and I am so proud of how quickly my students were able to do it, thanks to Artsonia's classroom mode!
When students uploaded their works to Artsonia, they included how they connected with the story we had read and how their personal dot reflects their personality. Here are a few of their responses.
Christina: "The Dot" story is a story about a little girl that thought she couldn't draw. After her teacher helped her discover a way for her to draw she made more of the dots but every time it was a bit different. She turned a simple dot into art. This connects to me because I also don't think that I can draw but I do like to work with lines so that is my way of art just like the little girl in the dot story.
Ana: The story means that there are many different ways to make a dot, and every dot in the world is different. The purpose of us in class making a dot is that it means that every single one of else is different, thus resulting every dot in this room will be different. While glueing our dots together, means that we are all connect in some way.
After we finished uploading the works online, students then folded their circles into equilateral triangles and began gluing their pieces together. If you plan to do this, you will need 20 to make a sphere. Five for the top, with points towards the center. Ten for the middle, that alternate points up and down. Five for the bottom, with points to the center. Once those parts are complete, you can glue them together. Here are some images of the process:
The end result is a fun series of globes we will be able to hang in the hallway for everyone to view! We will make additional ones that are all colors combined with the leftover pieces from each class!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.