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Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K-5 | Age: 5-11yrs | Written by: Jennifer Stratton
[Jennifer is a parent and Creativity Educator from Anchorage, Alaska.]

Students will create a mosaic using bits of paper. These bits of paper will create a dot.

What You Need:
What You Do:

This lesson is based on The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. In this story, Vashti is convinced that she cannot draw. Her art teacher encourages her to just make a mark and see where it takes her.

  1. Cut a circle out of the white paper.(You can easily do this with the Coluzzle and circle template (see recommended products below)! Or, trace a small plate or large cup. The top of a peanut butter jar works too!)
  2. With repositionable glue or scotch tape, lightly adhere the white circle to the center of the black paper.
  3. Now, with the glue stick adhere the bits of paper all around the white dot. You want the bits to be as close together as you can, but not overlapping. Get as close as you can to the dot, without having the paper bits touch it.
  4. Remove the white circle and you have made a black dot without actually making a dot!

Recommended Books/Products:

The Dot
A frustrated grade school artist, Vashti sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class. "I just CAN'T draw!" she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who "can’t" draw either, "a really great artist."

Coluzzle Easy Glide Foam Cutting Mat 8 1/2''x11''
Coluzzle is the original template cutting system. The patented templates, cutting mat, swivel knife, and scoring tool let any crafter cut precise shapes and designs quickly and accurately.

Coluzzle Guarded Swivel Knife w/Blade & Cover
The Guarded Swivel Knife is the only swivel knife that protects Coluzzle Templates from scrapes and nicks, lengthening the life of the template. Easy-to-follow instructions for precise cutting on back of package.

Coluzzle Template - Circle 4.8''
Nested template for use with the Coluzzle cutting system


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