6 Dots of Separation

By | 2016-10-29T11:36:30+00:00 November 29th, 2012|

Today’s visual art strategy is all about Stippling.  Being a music person, trying to create art terrifies me.  I can’t draw to save my life – even my 3 year old draws better than I do.  So whenever I come across a visual art strategy that actually requires me to create something on paper using a drawing or painting tool, I usually run the other way.  However, the Stippling technique is something even I can do, so I know it’s safe for anyone to use in the classroom without fear of “ruining” the art.


Stippling is an artistic process all based on the use of dots.  You can use thick dots, thin dots, a variety of colors, space them out, bunch them together – whatever your heart desires in making your vision become a reality.  Right away, I can see so many connections to statistics and graphing, as well as reading the image based on warm or cool colors.  The possibilities are endless.  Take a look at some of these images to get a good idea of what I’m talking about.



Here are the Steps:

1. View several examples of artwork using the Stippling process and have students reflect on what they see.

2. Give each student a clean piece of white paper and a variety of markers in color and tip.

3. Use the tip of the marker to make a pattern of dots.

4. Create the effect of shading by filling in areas with close stippled dots.

5. Combine dots of various colors to mix colors visually.


6 dots of separation


See?  How easy is that?  You could even combine that with our strategy from Tuesday and create a grid by which the dots can be used to create patterns or to graph information.  What a great way to actually get our hands dirty with art and connect to so many Common Core Standards!

About the Author:

Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan
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