My 6th and 7th graders recently completed a project that was influenced by Australian Aboriginal dot painting. They were only given limited paint colors: the 3 primaries plus black and white to mix their own palette with. Using the eraser end of their pencils, chopsticks, or other stick-like tools, they dipped into their paint and stamped it onto their paper to create a layered image composed entirely of small circles. I even subjected them to didgeridoo music to get them in the mood, and by the end I think some of them started to enjoy the foreign sounding instrument!

By Julia

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