If you're not in the loop, Peter H. Reynolds' "Creatrilogy" has three great books in it, "The Dot," "Ish," and, "Sky Color". (More on the "Ish" and "Sky Color" later)
Each year there's a celebration for the first release of "The Dot" around September 15th. It's called International Dot Day and is a world wide thing. My school is just a small chunk of the participation. But we make our marks. You can find more on their site or their Facebook page.
The kids all love "The Dot" which is about a little girl named Vashti who learns to make her mark. I read it to them last year as well, so most already know it and the project. I read (or in the case of some of the bigger kids, I tried to get "willing" readers and did reader's theater) "The Dot" and we made our marks. This year I forced them to only use crayons, not so happy campers in my room, but I showed them how to layer colors lightly or get bright, bold color, so it wasn't all grumbles. I did let them use other media (markers, why do they all love and only love the markers) when they turned in their "dot."
I was amazed at how well some of them thought outside the box. As is the case, most ended up looking very similar to mine, even when I told them "It all starts with a dot, so anything goes!" I did have an amazing kindergartner and fifth grader.
This is my first year seeing kindergarten as much as I do, I try to remember where they're at developmentally, sometimes I want them to do more than they can. This one blew me away!
The fifth grader I knew was good already, but she just proved that I should do more for/with her.
These ended up as the first thing on my new to me bulletin boards. I have six boards in the Library, they used to be our Star Writers, but we're not doing it this year and they became mine. They are more like mini boards, than a full board. This first go around, I used one for each grade K-5, but I think that the Kinder board will end up being the "What we did" board. The Kindergarteners really want to take their art home then and there and I really do feel that they should "make and take." I am trying to teach them to be patient by having the projects last two days, not one. The big kids projects last at least four days.
I use ROY G BV to organize my grade levels: Kinder is red, 5th purple/violet.