Illustration of character painting dots on canvas from The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

What to Do When You Get Stuck

Book Recommendation

The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds

TIP: Mark making is so important at this age. Give students a variety of tools (dot markers, stamps, jumbo crayons) and ask them to mark on their paper and try to fill it with as many different things as they can.

After reading about Vashti, students will be left feeling the possibilities of making art even when they aren't sure where to begin.

Prompting Questions:

  • How many different kinds of marks can you make on your paper?
  • How did Vashti feel when she starting making marks?
  • What do you do when you get stuck?

Related Creative Activities

Portrait of a man
Lesson Plan

A Portrait of One’s Own

After spending time exploring aspects of the Ancestor Portrait and the importance of ancestor portraits in the Chinese tradition, students will create an ancestor portrait using mixed media materials and present it to the class.