International Dot Day started with a little girl named Vashti. She’s the focal point of Peter H. Reynolds’ The Dot, and like many people, she felt like she couldn’t draw — but her art teacher wouldn’t accept that reality. “Just make a mark, and see where it takes you,” the teacher said to Vashti. She made a little dot on her previously blank parchment, and when she came in to school the next day, she was surprised to find that her teacher had decided to display her art. Seeing her measly dot, and knowing now that she could do better, Vashti went on a tear, creating all different kinds of dots. Eventually, she displayed her dots for the world to see, and found a young admirer with an attitude similar to Vashti’s at the start of “The Dot.” With her newfound confidence, she gave her admirer the same advice her teacher had given her. A dot might be small, but it can be powerful, too. When you create a dot, you make your mark, and that’s what International Dot Day is all about. It’s a commemoration of our creative minds, and that’s worth celebrating! So, on Sep. 15, let’s get together to observe International Dot Day!
International Dot Day Activities
1. Read "The Dot"
Peter H. Reynolds' storybook, "The Dot," is the book that started it all. Check it out for "the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to 'make her mark.'"
2. Donate art supplies to a school
If it's within your means, your local school system likely has an art program that could use your help. Consider donating unused office supplies, and other things around your home, that could be useful to the students in your local art program.
3. Paint a picture or write a poem
Get your creative on and make your mark! There's perhaps no better way to celebrate International Dot Day than by getting in on the action yourself.
Why We Love International Dot Day
A. They're symbolic
Depending on how philosophical you'd like to get, a dot can represent nearly anything. We use them for punctuation, to convey when one thought ends, and another might begin.
B. They're building blocks
When you go down deep enough, every piece of art is just a different arrangements of dots. This is really obvious with techniques like pointillism, but in our digital world, it's easy to see that every image is a collection of pixels, which when isolated, are all their own individual dots. They're kind of like the atoms of the art world!
C. They're all ages
There's almost nobody on this planet who can't celebrate International Dot Day. Anyone can draw a dot, and anyone can make their mark.