International Dot Day

Type: Investigation

Theme: Art

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Learning Target: Students will adjust circle equation values and points on a coordinate plane to create circle and dot art of their favorite fruit.


This is an Individual project.


  1. Use Desmos (or Geogebra) to create circle equations or points on a coordinate plane to build still life art of various fruit.
    1. Example:
    2. Circle equation example: (x-3)^2 + (y-(+1))^2 = 5^2. This equation places a circle of radius of 5, centered at (3,-1).
    3. Point format example: (3,-1)
    4. With Desmos you can adjust the color and alpha (transparency) of your circle by using the gear icon.
    5. Please organize your dots in folders.
    6. Snip/screen capture your artwork and submit.
  2.  Use colored construction paper, glue sticks, a compass, and scissors to cut and arrange perfect circles into your fruit still life artwork.
watermelon oranges
materials dot day


  1. Review the seven principles of design.
  2. Sketch three designs and select one.
  3. Keep it simple.
  4. Use as few dots as possible to create your fruit, but enough to make an interesting and balanced work of art.
  5. Only cut a dot in half if necessary.


  1. Design sketches.
  2. Final project as digital file from scan, photo, or screen capture.


Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • I can attend to precision.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts