Dot Day Sparks Art Project

Meadows Elementary Dot Day Mural
By: Todd Martin
Seeing spots at Meadows Elementary School was a sign Tuesday of creative courage.
Students and staff members jumped into an art project that culminated with many in the school wearing polka-dots during International Dot Day on September 15.
Meadows Librarian Katrina Schoenrock directed a schoolwide art project with students creating dots with paper plates, each individually decorated to form a huge mural on the outside of the library.
The librarian, new to Meadows this year, explained that the global observance inspired by the book, “The Dot,” encourages children – and everyone – to use their creative energies to “make their mark” on the world.
The simple idea and creative mural provided a chance, Schoenrock said, to include the whole campus, including virtual learners, who dropped off their dots at the school to be part of the mural.
“This is a way to get kids excited about reading and making a mark on the world,” the librarian said.
The book “The Dot,” by Peter Reynolds features a main character who believes she doesn’t have artistic talent and makes a simple dot to fulfill a required art project.
In the story, a caring teacher sees her student’s simple dot as emblematic of one’s attempt to make a mark in life through a step of confidence and courage.
The Meadows mural includes Reynolds’ character against a large dot and the words International Dot Day.
The art project, Schoenrock said is an example of integrating art into literacy efforts. “Everyone participated in the project,” she said, noting that students used a link to an electronic book to spark discussion.