Saturday, May 19, 2012

Patterns and Painted Paper

I absolutely love dot paints. 

Little artists find these so easy to use and love making dots on their paper. 
What instant visual delight to a student when they stamp, press or drag
a tube of paint and suddenly a dot appears!!!
 Students tend to want to stamp so much that they may overlap their colors. I explain to the students to be careful and try not to have your dots touch. They then make a game out of seeing how many dots they can add to their 12 x 18 drawing paper without touching one another.

Next, students add a table (construction paper) for their vase filled with flowers. A 6 x 9, pre-painted paper is folded. Students draw a shape from the fold and then cut on the pencil line to create a perfectly shaped symmetrical vase.

Now comes the large flowers. We discussed various types of petals flowers have; oval, rectangle, triangle etc. Students used buttons to trace to create the center part of the flower. Again the tactile exposure to the button does help when students create a circle in later years. Feeling a circle or visually seeing a circle are great exposures to a developing artist.

 Don 't you just love these petals, So Fun! Lastly, students add leaves to their painted paper stems.

Patterns and Painted Paper what Fun! Enjoy!

Laura is a elementary art teacher who is the author of the blog Painted Paper. She has presented her thematic units nationally at the National Art Education Association and Ohio Art Eduction Association Conferences. You can follow her updates on fun and creative projects for kids here.


  1. Those are so beautiful and creative, Laura! I always look forward to your ideas each month! I pinned your post to my Gardening/Botany Unit Study Pinterest board at

    1. Thanks!!! I love how fun they look. Every student loved this project. The process of stamping the dots was their favorite. :)

  2. I am sure students loved the process and the content of this lesson. It looks so great the students must all be proud of their paintings. Quite a feat for a fun process that turns out to look so nice. Carolyn


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