For a sixth consecutive year, students at the Elementary School again are taking part in International Dot Day activities. And to celebrate, they are doing something they can’t at home: put stickers on furniture!
Yayoi Kusama is the district's 2019 Dot Day inspiration this year. A Japanese artist, Kusama is famous for covering flowers, furniture, and even pumpkins with polka dots. She began exhibiting her art with Andy Warhol in the 1960s and continues today at age 90 with new exhibitions all over the world.
Elementary School students will view Kusama’s art in classes with teacher Cindy Bodziak. All student artists will then stick brightly colored dots on painted white furniture during art classes (grades 4-6) or library time (grades K-3). These beautiful pieces of “art” will be sealed and displayed, as examples of the creative power of the simple dot!
“Most students have been making “dot-themed” art for the past couple weeks in their regular art classes,” says Mrs. Bodziak. “Be looking for these crazy, dotty pictures hanging in the hallways soon!”
International Dot Day takes place every year on September 15-ish, as the event’s website states. The day is a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration. An estimated 15 million people in 181 countries participate.
It began when Terry Shay, an Iowa music teacher, introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot. That classroom encounter occurred Sept. 15, 2009 – hence the date of the international celebration.
“The Dot” is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student (Vashti) to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark.” What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
“Vashti learns she is capable of art that is unique and creative, and she then helps another child discover his creative side,” said Rebecca McLean, library media specialist at the Elementary School’s Library Media Center (LMC) and one of the local event’s main organizers. “International Dot Day provides an opportunity for us to read the book and to discover our creative talents.”
Our students began the celebration this week, and will continue it forward until Sept. 20. The project’s other local coordinator is Cindy Bodziak, elementary art specialist. The Elementary School has been participating in International Dot Day activities since 2014.
The LMC website has images from past Dot celebrations as well as a video of the book being read.
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