My students need tools and materials to create handmade story books for children, including safety rulers for cutting board; decorative paper and book board for covers; screw punches and needles for binding; and other items.
Our school is a small charter high school in New Mexico with an enrollment of 135. I teach art to students in grades nine through twelve. Our students are required to do 90 hours of community service each semester as part of their graduation requirement.
It is often difficult to get teenagers motivated to do work for others.
However, many enjoy working with young children. We have designed a community service project that is a collaboration between the Creative Writing classes and the Drawing & Painting classes. The Language Arts students will write stories, and the art students will make a handmade, illustrated book for each story. Then we'll go to a needy elementary school and share them with the little children. We need to purchase some of the specialized tools and materials used for constructing books: safety rulers for cutting board; decorative paper and book board for covers; screw punches and needles for binding; and other items.
To begin, the writing students will create short stories with subjects that appeal to young children. Then, the art students, working in small groups, will make the book pages complete with text, illustrations and pop-ups. The covers will be made with book board covered with beautiful handmade paper. The books will be bound together using various traditional stitching methods. The older students will read the stories to the younger ones, then the books will be donated to the elementary school.
This project will enable the teens to enjoy the act of giving and to be reminded of the value of reading books.
In addition, they will be practicing their Language Arts and fine arts skills, working cooperatively with one another, and fulfilling community service obligations in a meaningful way. Knowing that a little child will be thrilled to see a story come alive will be a great motivator.
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|ORIGAMI PAPER/ANIMAL PAT 24/SET • Blick Art Materials||$2.59||4||$10.36|
|PAPER BY THE POUND/8.5X11 • Blick Art Materials||$8.78||2||$17.56|
|BLICK DRAWING PAPER/WHT 18X24 PK100 60LB • Blick Art Materials||$8.61||1||$8.61|
|STAINLSS STEEL RULER/18IN RULER • Blick Art Materials||$3.49||2||$6.98|
|STRAIGHTEDGE/18IN • Blick Art Materials||$30.30||2||$60.60|
|XACTO BLADES/NO2 PKG5 • Blick Art Materials||$2.04||5||$10.20|
|WAXED THREAD/20YD ROLL 3PK • Blick Art Materials||$8.46||2||$16.92|
|BINDERS NEEDLES/5 PACK • Blick Art Materials||$2.30||4||$9.20|
|DB ECONO STENCIL/SZ 1IN WHT BRSTL • Blick Art Materials||$2.04||16||$32.64|
|LC PAINTING TOOLS/2IN STORAGE CUP 8PK • Blick Art Materials||$2.01||2||$4.02|
|SCREW PUNCH/TOOL • Blick Art Materials||$36.54||2||$73.08|
|ALUMINUM HOBBY AWL/NEEDLE POINT • Blick Art Materials||$2.54||4||$10.16|
|BONE FOLDER/SMALL • Blick Art Materials||$4.67||4||$18.68|
|CHIPBOARD/22X28 .05 14PLY • Blick Art Materials||$0.55||10||$5.50|
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