All of our students at the Garfield Elementary created a dot for Dot Day this year! Dot Day is based on the story The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It is a day to celebrate bravery, creativity, and the self-expression that comes from making your mark on the world. In the art room we kicked off our year by discussing how some artists are well recognized for the marks they made/make. The artists chosen for our dots are those whose mark is almost as recognizable as their signature. Each grade level focused on a different artist or style.
In Kindergarten, students discussed pointillism and their use of dots to make an entire picture. First graders discussed Kandinsky’s love for the circle. Second graders were introduced to the horizontal and vertical lines, as well as the geometric shapes that have made Mondrian’s art so popular. Third graders turned their attention to van Gogh, describing how he included so much emotion in his paintings through the use of his thick choppy marks. Fourth grade focused on the cheerful paintings of Romero Britto- who is considered by many to be the artist of joy. Finally, fifth graders discussed the ben-day dots made famous by artist Roy Lichtenstein in his cartoon like paintings.
Each grade was inspired by these artists to create a dot of their own using the marks the artists made so popular, and yet they still managed to put their own twist on it!
How will you make your mark this school year?
Not familiar with the story? Check it out here: