Here is Ted’s Spot Picture, inspired by the Spot Paintings by Damien Hirst. This was great fun to do but also started quite an in depth chat about art made by real artists. Ted and I were looking at paintings in art books and he was fascinated by pictures of Damien Hirst’s Spot paintings and couldn’t believe that someone had actually painted spots. He wanted to have a go himself.We talked about how Damien Hirst is a very famous artist, and has painted lots of spot pictures – we looked at paintings in which the spots were random, others where spots were arranged in rows. Intrigued, Ted thought he would like to have a go at making a picture of spots in rows and one with random spots. The picture with all of the spots in rows, in a grid pattern required lots of concentration and a great deal of care and patience for Ted to place the spots exactly onto of the small dots I had made on the paper – it was great for helping develop Ted’s fine motor skills. He also thought about which colours he would place next to others. I think he found the random picture more fun, as this was much freer to do.
- White paper or card
- Coloured spot stickers
- Pen or pencil
How we made it
- For the spots in rows – onto a sheet of white paper, I marked small dots at regular intervals in a grid pattern to give Ted a guide for where to put the spots
- Ted then chose and stuck spots on top of the spots I had made.
- For the random spot picture, Ted used a plain white sheet of paper and chose where to put the spots.