These are some samples of the dot paintings the 8th graders have completed. Students choose an animal from the classroom drawing book resourses. They practice drawing it large on a 9 by12 inch sketch paper, then enlarge it to the 12 by 18 inch black or sand colored paper. Students choose a color from the small containers of premixed tempera or craft acrylic paint to "dot" the outside edge of their creature with the "wrong" end of a paintbrush. Then they choose other colors to dot the details and the rest of the body. After they have filled the body, they are to create a background environment for the animal or a design using shapes and lines until the page is at least 75% filled with dots.