Last week, the Art Adventure Club at Farmingdale High School participated in a Paint ’n Paw workshop with guest artist Dagger DogVinci. Donned in a red beret, Dagger led students on an exploration of abstract painting techniques.
Dagger—a Labrador/Retriever mix—was adopted by artist Yvonne Dagger when it was determined he would be unable to fulfill his duties as a canine companion. One day in her studio, she placed a paint brush in Dagger’s mouth. He began to paint, and today, he’s a celebrity artist with numerous television appearances. His paintings have raised over $130,00 for charities such as Canine Companions for Independence, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Forgotten Friends of Long Island Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. Dagger is also a certified therapy dog, bringing love and comfort to residents of nursing homes and library patrons.
“The students had an amazing time painting and playing with Dagger,” said art teacher and club advisor Jamie Capasso. “I felt it was an important lesson in spreading kindness, continued education, and how we can each make a difference in the world. It wasn't so much about the art, as it was giving our students the opportunity to see that no matter what your situation is, you can always contribute to or brighten someone else's day. Dagger's charity contributions have helped so many, and he continues to touch the hearts of all those around him.”