In anticipation of International Dot Day on September 15, Linden Grove School students have been creating dot-inspired artwork using paper plates, markers, paints, and more. September 15 marks the anniversary of the publication of The Dot, a “story book for all ages” by Peter Reynolds.
The Dot tells the story of Vashti, a young student who does not believe she can draw. Her teacher encourages her to “just make a mark and see where it takes you.” When Vashti sees her artwork framed and displayed, her confidence begins to grow and she makes more dots, and combinations of dots, and dots by not making dots. Towards the end of the book (spoiler alert!) Vashti encourages another student in the same way her teacher encouraged her.
In celebration of International Dot Day—and teachers who encourage and inspire—take a few minutes to read The Dot. (Watch the video version.) We hope you will be encouraged to be confident, explore your own creativity, and to encourage others.