Students at Winslow Elementary School continued their annual tradition of transforming dots into beautiful pieces of art by celebrating International Dot Day on Wednesday.
September 15, or Dot Day, was inspired by the book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, in which a young girl is encouraged to believe in herself and “make her mark” upon the world. As explained by Reynolds, the story “begins with a small dot on a piece of paper and becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage.”
This is the eighth year that Kara Rehm, art teacher at Winslow, has incorporated the day into her classes. This year’s focus was the history of tie-dye. Students learned how various cultures throughout history used the technique to decorate fabrics or garments. The process of tie-dying involves folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric before tying it with string or rubber bands and applying dye. Students saw examples from India, Peru, Japan, and Africa before getting to work on their own projects.
After a year and a half of remote and hybrid learning, Dot Day also provided the perfect opportunity for Rehm to reintroduce her students to art.
“I wanted to bring the magic back to the classroom,” Rehm said.
The students were enthusiastic as they got to work on their paper t-shirts. Each student traced a t-shirt on a large sheet of paper and then got to work with dot markers to create their designs.
Third-grader Maddie Krasowski worked on a rainbow spiral design, which quickly filled her paper.
“I love rainbows,” Maddie said. “And the spiral was so pretty. I loved them both, so I combined them.”
Nearby, fellow third-grader Ava Nanni worked on a more non-traditional design.
“I’m doing a watermelon theme,” she said, pointing to her pink and green design. “It’s also an eye shape. I’m calling it a watermelon eye.”
Parents will be able to see the students’ artwork when they attend back-to-school night on September 22. In addition, a large bulletin board is on display in the main hallway featuring both past and present dot-inspired art. There is also a large tie-dye mural near the art room, perfect for taking family selfies.
International Dot Day was first celebrated in 2009. Today it is now celebrated by over 21 million people in 196 countries.
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