Monday, September 9, 2013

International Dot Day

I'm a big fan of Peter H. Reynolds' "Creatrilogy", including "Ish", "The Dot", and "Sky Color". We've used the books for inspiration during Youth Art Month, and this year I'm finally organized enough to participate in International Dot Day, held September 15th*. What is International Dot Day? From the Dot Club,

"International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student 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.
And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do."

*The 15th falls on a weekend, so my primary students are participating on their closest art day.

We started the year off by reading the Dot, talking about the message, and making "dot" artwork. I've got some special dot activities planned for our IDD celebrations, including a collaborative dot mobile and hopefully a collaborative mural. I've even convinced some staff at school to make their own "Celebridots"! I think it's great for students to see other staff's artwork. I'm also hoping to have a "dot" spirit day. If that doesn't get approved in time, I'll just make sure to wear my own "dot" outfits on celebration days. Stay tuned in coming weeks for more pictures and "dot" ideas!


  1. Looking forward to your ideas! Believe it or not, I have never read these books in my classroom. How have I skipped on these amazing books?? Oh, and I like the idea of wearing a "dot" outfit. Fun!

  2. What a lovely story and hope you will have a very great one. I have never heard of it until now. Lovely and respect to a teacher, especially an art teacher. Followed you now.
    Zhoniu's Art