I’ve written about our school’s new connection to writer/illustrator Peter Reynolds and the Fablevision media company out of Boston. Reynolds is a writer and illustrator, perhaps best know for his picture books, including The Dot. We’ve helping to beta-test a publishing platform for Fablevision, and Peter and Paul Reynolds (of Fablevision) came to our school to interact with our young writers and illustrators, and gave an inspiring presentation full of upbeat messages about engaging with the world and imagination.
Our art teacher took the idea of The Dot’s message (that everyone is an artist in their own way and that everyone can be creative) and turned it into a school-wide chalk art display in the front of our building during our annual Field Day celebration. Kids from all grades were making chalk dots all day long, and our sixth graders got the flagpole to sign their names, as it is nearing their last days at our elementary school.
I love both the simplicity of using a circle/dot for art (anyone can be an artist .. that’s the whole point) and the ways in which young people take that simple idea and stretch it.
(I wanted to try out the Highlight Reel tool on my phone to see how well it works)
Peace (in each and every dot),