Celebrated on September 15th
Archaeologists discovered red dots painted on the wall of a cave in Spain, which are at least 40,000 years old – making them the oldest cave art in Europe. These dots have forced us to challenge our preconceptions of Neanderthals, the way we view their skills and thinking abilities. Seems interior decorating started earlier than we thought.
Polka dots on fabric originated in Germany in the mid-19th century during the period when polka music and dancing rose in popularity. The dots were originally called “thalertupfen” as they were the size of a thaler, which was German currency at the time. By the late 19th century, the fabric pattern was well known and used to make all types of polka dancing garments on early sewing machines, mostly for women.
Are you creative? While not everyone can be a famous artist, writer, poet, or musician, everyone does have some creativity lurking inside them just waiting to be let out. That's what Vashti learns in the pages of Peter H. Reynolds' famous picture book The Dot. At first, Vashti believes that she can't draw. Her teacher encourages her to "make a mark and see where it takes you." Vashti draws a simple dot and her teacher asks her to sign it. When Vashti then sees her dot framed and on display in her teacher's office, she's motivated to make an even better dot. Eventually, she grows in confidence and realizes she is indeed a creative artist.