|The Y.E.S. Art Studio|
We will start off the year, as I do every year with a watching of Peter Reynolds empowering book
The Dot. It is an inspiring book, in which a young, frustrated artist is 'met just where she is at",without criticism or judgement by her teacher. The teacher values the very minor efforts of the frustrated artist and encourages her to make her mark and continue to discover her own strengths.
For me as an art teacher, its a reminder for me to meet each student where they are at, and empower them to grow from there.
Second graders will respond to the book making a dot on a square, using the technique of crayon-resist. The squares will be put together to make a paper quilt for the 2nd grade hallways.
Third graders will be making their marks to decorate a tree of dots at the end of the third grade wing.
And fourth graders will be up-cycling used CD's and DVDs and transforming them into unique works of art.
In addition, I have registered our school to participate in International Dot Day, which is officially on or around September 15th. Each year millions of artists around the world use the book The Dot as inspiration for making their mark. Its a great way to start out the school year creating community via art not only by the collaborative displays at our school but also when we view the art works created by artists around the world; all different, but all inspired by one book and a single dot.
I will periodically update this blog and I will also periodically send home notes from the studio attached to various works of art. I look forward to making art with your children. Please know that you are always welcome to visit us in the art studio.
Chaké K. Higgison