Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Can You Find Your Design?

The best part of doing a collaborative project is finding out which important part of the whole design you helped to create. We finally finished one full rotation of our 6 day schedule and everyone has visited the art room. As an introduction to the first day in art, all students in Kindergarten through 5th grade designed circles to celebrate International Dot Day, inspired by the book, "The Dot," by Peter H. Reynolds. To learn more about this wonderful story, scroll down to my earlier post and watch a video of the book.

Our dots are as unique from each other as we are, but together they spell out the name of our school. Just in time for Back to School Night, our dot display celebrates the start of a new year with best buddies and brand new friends.

Happy International Dot Day, Ranney School!

Monday, September 15, 2014


Off we go with a creative start to our new school year! One more day and all of our Lower School students will have been introduced to the art room. We are learning the names of our new friends and finding the perfect seat at my big blue tables.

For our first project across all the Lower School grades, we looked at a short clip of  "The Dot," a story by Peter H. Reynolds. In this inspiring tale, a young art student, Vashti, is afraid to draw on paper because she thinks she is not a good artist. Her teacher suggests that she just make a mark and see where it takes her. This journey of how Vashti discovered her creativity with just a simple dot inspired us to make our own spontaneous designs on paper.

In celebration of this book and the encouraging message it brings to art students, schools all around the world join together in recognition of International Dot Day, September 15th! At our school, students are working together to help design the name of Ranney School in a large and colorful collaborative dot project.

My message for today...
Just make a mark and see where it will take you!