Have you heard of International Dot Day? It all began with the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. It's a story about a little girl who didn't believe she was an artist and an art teacher who inspired her by telling her to "make a mark and see where it takes you".
After reading this book to his class, teacher Terry Shay decided to make his own mark and established International Dot Day on September 15th - a day to celebrate your own creativity and share it with the world. There are tons of ideas and inspiration around the web but I have gathered some of my favorite ideas here. Click over to International Dot Day for more information and a free teacher's guide with even more ideas and a printable certificate to hand out to students.
Here's a perfect activity to make use of all those little crayon stubs we invariably end up with: melt them and paint with them! Babble Dabble Do shares all the details and tips, plus ways to extend the lesson.
This art project at Artchoo uses bleeding tissue paper and oil pastels. Bleeding tissue paper is different from regular tissue paper in that the colors "bleed" out of it when it gets wet. The tissue can then be removed and the beautiful colors are left behind. I love combining it with oil pastels for some Valentine resist art work.