Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dot Day!

Dot Day has come to Waitsfield School!  Each grade level will create different types of dot art, celebrating the Dot Day principles of Creativity, Courage and Collaboration.

Watch the video of Peter Reynolds' book "The Dot"

Third and fourth graders worked in groups to create giant dots!  They explored different techniques including splatter paint, color mixing and masking tape resist.  

First and Second graders painted on large paper to explore many different types and sizes of dots.  They were inspired by the dots that Vashti paints in "The Dot."


In celebration of International Dot Day, all classes will create different types of "Dot Art."  Fifth and sixth grade artists will create circular artwork called Mandalas.  

Mandalas are created in many cultures as a support for meditation.  They can be drawings or painted or made from sand.  

What is a Mandala?

The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.

Mandalas have Radial Symmetry:  the condition of having similar parts regularly arranged around a central axis 

Examples of Mandalas:

How to Grow a Mandala Video:

Video of the Dali Lama creating a Sand Mandala

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dot Day is coming to Waitsfield School!

International Dot Day is a day to celebrate CREATIVITY, COURAGE and COLLABORATION.  During the week of September 15th, all students will create artwork inspired by the message in Peter Reynolds' book The Dot:

"Make your mark and see where it takes you!" 

And Remember... On Friday, September 19th, WEAR DOTS! 

Let's see which classroom has the most Dot Day Spirit! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Fifth and sixth grade Zentangles 

My zentangle Rock 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Starting our Year with Mindfulness.. ZENTANGLES!

What is a Zentangle?

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Do YOUR Best

The Artists from Giant Animation Studios on Vimeo.

I love this video about two artists who do their best work when they stop trying to compete with each other and learn to work together.  In art class, we know that each artist's BEST WORK will look a little different, but we all know what it feels like to do YOUR best.   Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome Back Artists!

For our first day in art class, each student made a star to contribute to our rock star bulletin board. We talked about how it feels when you do your best and create artwork that your are proud of. We also started to think about what it looks like to be ENGAGED, SAFE, RESPONSIBLE and KIND in art class. 

Here are some students demonstrating these expectations.