Peter Reynolds' book The Dot explores the idea of overcoming fear of failure through creative thinking. Vashti is frustrated with her still blank paper at the end of art class when her teacher inspires her to "just make a mark and see where it takes you."
We were inspired by this book to create a nonobjective design using dots, lines, squiggles, shapes, and patterns. We started simply and kept adding until each student felt their piece was complete. Some created emphasis by coloring a dot-shaped focal point, while others chose to add color over the entire composition. Third graders were thinking like problem-solving artists with this lesson. Enjoy!