Where Art Begins – FHSD Elementary Schools Celebrate International Dot Day

Posted on 09/25/2017
Wall art created by Henderson Elementary students in honor of International Dot Day

Everything has a beginning. Whether it was a famous artist like Da Vinci or Picasso, or just little Timmy at Daniel Boone Elementary, art must begin with at least one dot. From a single point or mark, art springs eternal. Students in art classes around Francis Howell School District were celebrating this jumping off point in honor of International Dot Day in September.

Quoting the artist Wassily Kandinsky, Daniel Boone art teacher Tom Sherman explained, “Everything begins with a dot. And so I start the first day of kindergarten art with the book, ‘The Dot,’ by Peter Reynolds. It’s a story that encourages everyone to ‘make your mark, and see where it takes you.’”

Kelly Turner, art teacher at Central Elementary, explained, “Kindergarten and first grade artists used various media (markers, crayons, water, watercolor paint, coffee filters, paper and post-it notes) to create individual and collaborative artwork inspired by ‘The Dot.’”

Kim Skwira, art teacher at Henderson Elementary, talked about how International Dot Day gives her and her students a chance to “make their mark.” Skwira said it means a lot to the kids “because it provides students the opportunity to be creative.” Art, as anyone who’s had a blank canvas or paper in front of them, can be intimidating. “Often times,” Skwira said, “students lack self-confidence in their drawing ability because they can’t draw realistic objects, or they compare themselves to their peers.”

Art classes in FHSD were not participating in International Dot Day just to make a point (or dot), but rather to make a spark – the spark that fuels creativity. “International Dot Day provides students the creative outlet to explore and be courageous,” Skwira said.

Turner added to that, saying, “It is also a chance to remind educators to fully support and believe in every young artist.”

Every work must have a beginning. And art in FHSD begins with a single dot, a single mark, and a group of teachers who seek to inspire their students.

You can see some of the artwork created by Tom Sherman’s art classes on International Dot Day on the Daniel Boone Art Facebook page. Other International Dot Day artwork will be on display at the FHSD Administration Building lobby in October.

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