Dream Dot Painting

Third Grade Painting & Drawing Activities: Dream Dot Painting

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Dreams have always fascinated people. Many of the indigenous Australian artists create paintings that represent places in their dreams. These "dot" painting stories used to be drawn in the desert sand, but many are now painted on canvas as a more permanent form. Help your child create her own dream place dot painting!

What You Need:

  • Brown or black construction paper
  • Cotton balls and/or q-tips
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Colored sand
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. Have your child think of a place from one her dreams that she wants to paint. Then have her draw out the "map" of that place onto a piece of black or brown construction paper. It may be simple shapes or basic animal outlines.
  2. Next put different colored acrylic paint into small cups or a palette.
  3. In separate cups, place different colors of sand into small cups (about a spoonful of sand in each cup) and mix with a small amount of glue until it is thick like mashed potatoes. Indigenous Australians used mostly red, white, yellow, and sometimes green as colors.
  4. Dip the cotton balls into an acrylic color and have your child add dots to color in the painting. The dots should be spaced about 1 cm apart so we can still see some of the construction paper color behind.
  5. Once the paint has dried for 5-10 minutes, go back over the dots using the colored sand and glue mixture. This will assure that all your dot colors are bright and have lots of texture!
  6. Continue making the dot lines and shapes until the entire page is full with the picture.
  7. Let your child's painting dry overnight.
  8. Now your child is ready to display her dot painting so everyone can enjoy her dream vision!
Updated on May 2, 2012
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