There was a Science-Art collaborative project with students in grades 1-8 & their beautiful creation is hanging in the Commons (cafeteria)
The teachers read everyone the book, “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, published in 2003, which is about a little girl named Vashti who not only thinks she can’t draw, but won’t even try. Her protest is to just put one dot onto a piece of paper, that she jabbed with frustration.
With encouragement from a caring teacher, not only does she try but she ends up creating beautiful artwork out of her dots & she ends up believing in herself & encouraging others too!
Mrs. Cahalane and Miss DiMaggio then asked everyone to “make a dot & see where it takes you” & we ended up with a beautiful rainbow of art made by our awesome students! This rainbow bulletin board was inspired by an art teacher that Mrs. Cahalane follows on Instagram, here is a “smile” she made out of her students’ dot art.
Mrs. Cahalane covered the science education part: science of the rainbow, how it forms, why it forms, what is white light, what is the spectrum. Everyone used prisms to see first hand that white light is actually made out of all 7 colors of the rainbow.
Miss DiMaggio supervised all painting/drawing & she covered the art education part: color wheel, color theory, use of various media (acrylics, watercolor, marker, crayon, pastels), complimentary colors, primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors, and color hues.
It was a fun collaborative project & both teachers hope the students can see that 2 seemingly unrelated subjects – science & art – are actually related!
“A rainbow is beautiful” is an art statement & “a rainbow is actually white light broken up” is a science statement. We hope this bulletin board will act as a reminder of the messages in the book – don’t give up, believe in yourself, encourage others…there is a creative spirit in everyone so try, make your mark & see where it takes you 🙂