My students are a group of young people who are "at-risk." They are often new to art with low expectations of their own ability to learn to draw and paint and create sculpture.
Students in my class are quite visually oriented, although few of them have had prior art enrichment.
Our school is an alternative high school with a student population that is 70% Hispanic, 15% African American, and 15% Caucasian. More than 75% of our students qualify for the free lunch program due to their socioeconomic standing. About 30% of our students have learning disabilities.
Many of my students have had struggles in more traditional educational settings and have been transferred to our school to recoup credits lost. It is important for these young people to find something in the curriculum that engages them. Art is it, for many students. Not only does it bridge the language barriers, it draws students to the multisensory experiences it provides.
In art, students often find themselves surprised by what they can do. Art can provide physical proof of their achievement, fostering self-esteem.
In my art classroom I have been using an extremely old paper cutter with a blade that is only sharp in certain parts. For the last ten years, I have requested a new one, but our budget for art does not allow for this expensive replacement. I have also requested our blade be sharpened, but apparently it is too worn out from the forty years its been in the studio, and there is not enough metal left to sharpen.
I need the paper cutter to cut different sizes for all the artwork that is displayed in the room and on campus.
Without a sharp blade our existing paper cutter will sometimes tear wonderful student work. Our only other option is to hand-cut the artwork with scissors or with exacto knives, and, with all the human error, the work is never completely straight.
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