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Mrs. Balestrieri from Seaside CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

My students need easy access art supplies including paint pot trays, pastels, and paintbrushes to enrich their learning of different mediums. They will use art to extend lessons in Science, Math and ELA.

  • $345 goal

This project expired on May 4, 2015.

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My Students

Exploring our world through art is rarely done in many classrooms. We have the opportunity each week to make art possible for all of the 4th graders at our school. Time is of the essence in our classroom, art included. Easy access art supplies will help my students get to their projects quickly.

My students are excited, anxious and ready to get their hands dirty.

We are a mix of military and local families with a common goal of a well rounded educational experience. That means art! I make an effort to bring art into weekly lessons. Students love creating a scene from their favorite part of the story, or recreating the setting as they imagine it. Math means we can illustrate area and perimeter or fractional parts of city. My students are visual learners and thrive when allowed to put their own spin on a lesson. We love to use a variety of mediums, but have limited materials.

My Project

I have the pleasure of teaching art to all of our 4th graders, which also means they share materials. These energetic students love to share, but they also like their yellow to stay yellow, which is tricky when 4 people at a table group are using the same paints. The following day a new set of 4 people are using the same yellow, and the following day, another set of 4. That's 12 people in 1 yellow per week! Yellow may not seem like a big deal but it is. You can imagine what happens to the other colors during this same time. By the end of any given month, we have ended up with many shades of brown. In addition to painting, we also explore shading. What makes shading great? Charcoal! My students would be thrilled to explore shading with something other than their pencil lead and a tissue.

By having easy access materials, students would be able to use the bulk of their time creating and exploring their imaginations rather than arguing over who ruined the color by double dipping.

Each student having their own set of paints means only 3 people a week in that yellow, rather than 12. Paint sets would stay much cleaner and projects would be a truer reflection of the artist's work. Adding charcoal to shading lessons would be a treat, instead of the same old pencil they do homework with.

Mrs. Balestrieri
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HH476X - Lakeshore Paint Pot Tray - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $22.50 8 $180.00
Chenille Kraft Company - Quality Artists Square Pastels 12 Charcoal Pastels • Teachers' School Supply $5.70 6 $34.20
LK936 - Economy Paintbrush Assortment - Set of 24 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 2 $19.98

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