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Red Dot Doodle Challenge (Bell Ringer)

Background Information:

  • I have seen this doodle challenge done various ways throughout the internet. I originally saw the exercise on the documentary with Christoph Niemann.

  • This challenge is perfect for a bell ringer, visual journal prompt, or just a day when the students need something light and creative.

  • Students have completed this challenge with traditional paper or digitally.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will create an original drawing using a red dot as a prompt.

  • The student will critique the work of their peers.

TEKS (Art I):

  • 1A. Consider concepts and ideas from direct observation, original sources, experiences, and imagination for original artwork

  • 2A. Use visual solutions to create original artwork by problem solving through direct observation, original sources, experiences, narrations, and imagination

  • 4A. Interpret, evaluate, and justify artistic decisions in artwork by self, peers, and other artists such as that in museums, local galleries, art exhibits, and websites

Anchor Standards:

  • Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

  • Anchor Standard #7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

  • Anchor Standard #9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

Enduring Understandings:

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.

  • Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.

  • Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.

  • People evaluate art based on various criteria.

Essential Questions:

  • How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?

  • What role does persistence play in revising, refining, and developing work?

  • How do artists grow and become accomplished in art forms?

Project Duration: (Bell Ringer - 1 Day)

  • Hook: Using a pencil, create 4 drawings prompted by a red dot/circle: 2 Minutes

  • Drawing Time: 10-15 Minutes

  • Submission/Class Critique: 10 Minutes

Reflection Questions:

  • What did you find challenging about the red dot doodle challenge?

  • What did you find easy about the red dot doodle challenge?

  • Did you find any inspiration to create another piece from one of your doodles?

Project Extensions:

  • Teacher may provide red hole-punched dots for students to physically glue onto their papers.

  • Students may render a long-term project from one of their red dot doodles.


  • Students may change the dot or circle size for their doodle challenge.

  • Students may view examples online for inspiration.

Student Gallery:

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