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Artists are Born not Made

Maple Art Teacher Bridget Holzheimer believes that everyone is born an artist. This belief is something she seeks to instill in her students every day. She recently chose to demonstrate this to her 1st graders by teaching a lesson inspired by Peter Reynolds book The Dot. The Dot is a 2003 picture book about a girl named Vashti who discovers her artistic talent. Vashti is a girl who says she cannot draw. When she tells her teacher, she says to "make a mark and see where it takes you." Vashti draws a dot on her paper, and her teacher then says "now sign it." The next week she is surprised to see her dot framed on display in the teacher's office. Seeing her dot, she says "I can make a better dot than that." She then starts drawing elaborate, colorful dots and realizes she is indeed an artist. 
 
After reading the book aloud to her students, Ms. Holzheimer inspired her 1st graders to create their own master pieces inspired by the story! Check out some of Bridget's students' creations! We are so proud of Ms. Holzheimer for providing innovative opportunities in her classroom to engage students' interest in the visual arts!