Kate Harrison focused intently at the giant purple dot she was painting.
I want to stay inside the lines, said Harrison, a rising first-grader at Westwood School.
She was one of several Westwood students on hand Saturday painting dots on one of the columns of the parking deck at the end of Crawford Street in downtown Dalton.
Our students have been reading the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds, said Megan Walker, an art teacher at Westwood. Its a story about a young artist, and we use it to teach lessons about creativity and art concepts.
Thats how the students and teachers came up with the idea for a mural of multi-colored dots they submitted to the 1,000 Words Dalton public arts works, a community group that seeks to create more public art in the city. They were selected as one of the first four groups to paint murals at the parking deck, which will double as a downtown art park.
Julia Cagle, a language arts teacher at Dalton Middle School who is overseeing the project for 1,000 Words, said that the inspiration came from an earlier mural she helped organize, a painting of community heroes comprised of Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston, Curtis Rivers, ...