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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Tue- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Make Your Mark!

In case you missed it, this past Sunday was International Dot Day. What is International Dot Day exactly? Well, it all began on September 15th, 2009, in the sixth anniversary of the publishing of The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, when a teacher in Iowa, Terry Shay, shared Reynolds’ book with his classroom. Encouraging children to keep an open mind in their own art, the book inspires young artists and teachers to appreciate where just one dot can take you.

The idea quickly spread to classrooms, libraries, and communities across the globe. This year we were honored that Peter H. Reynolds chose The Carle for this year's celebration site!

Peter H. Reynolds drawing mural at The Carle

Just before The Museum opened, Peter drew a beautiful mural on The Art Studio board of The Dot's main character, Vashti, and an empty "gallery" for guests to fill with their own unique dots throughout the day.

Peter H. Reynolds at The Carle

That afternoon, Peter spoke to guests in the auditorium about how he got the idea for his book, The Dot and some fun side stories, like about how the main character, Vashti got her name.  He also shared his whimsical animation app Animation-ish, and showed everyone how to make a fun, animated drawing with a wacon tablet on the screen. At the end of Peter's talk, guests got to view the animated versions of Peter's books The Dot and Ish, created by the creative folks at Weston Woods, with Peter's help of course.

Peter H. Reynolds at The Carle

Lots of dot fans got their books signed and personalized by Peter...

International Dot Day at The Carle

and filled  The Art Studio windows and Vashti's gallery with their dot drawings and collages.

International Dot Day at The Carle

At the very end of the day, Peter and his brother Paul, stopped by The Studio to add finishing touches to the mural. Twin brothers Peter and Paul founded Fablevision in Dedham, MA in 1996. Fablevision is both a Media and Interactive Development Studio as well as a provider of services and resources for K-12 educators. Click here for more information about all the great stuff Fablevision does!

The Reynolds at The Carle

Till next year's Dot Day, continue 'Making Your Mark'! Visit to become a member of Peter H. Reynolds' The Dot Club, and see where your marks take you...



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



by Diana MacKenzie

This entry was posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 8:00 am and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie, Special Events, Drawing, Every Day Art Program, Special Guests and Artist Visits. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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