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  • $4,170 goal

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Ms. Roberts
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 9 donors
  • $0 still needed

All-School Mural to Embrace Diversity and Community Pride

My students need paints, canvases, brushes and related supplies, and a digital camera and camcorder for documentation. The special needs children need easy-grip supplies.

My Students

We are an inner-city, handicapped-accessible school serving a racially and ethnically diverse student body. Of my 420 students in Pre-K through fifth grade, 19 percent require special education and 46 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch; 100 percent will love creating a school-wide mural!

Pablo Picasso once said that art washes the dust of everyday life from the soul.

I have seen how art benefits my students in every grade, serving as an emotional outlet and calming force, particularly for my students with challenging physical and learning disabilities. So many of my students lag behind grade level, and the pressure to adhere to a strict academic curriculum leaves little time for art and creative exploration, which can teach critical and abstract thinking as well as reinforce lessons in math and English. I want these children to experience all of the benefits of art as they reflect on the wonderful diversity of our urban student body and the greater community. Each of my 420 students, ages 4-12 and including all children with special needs, will participate in the complete planning and creation of two gigantic murals for our cafeteria.

My Project

Pre-K, K, and Grade 1 will establish a color ground for our two huge canvases, with an emphasis on exploring paint, mark making and texture. Grades 2-5 will create specific mural designs, focusing on our diversity and community pride. Then they will incorporate each design into the canvas, measuring to establish an appropriate scale. Second and third graders will transfer their drawings onto the canvas with pastels and outline them with paint. Finally, fourth and fifth graders will add their designs, paint inside the designs, shade, outline and finish details. Many of my students with special physical needs will have to use jumbo and easy-grip versions of the brushes, crayons, pencils and erasers. The final project element is the documentation and verbalization of student work. Using a digital camera and a camcorder, older students will interview and photograph peers and younger students as they work, recording their comments for display in our hallways.

The school-wide mural is a fun, challenging, and inclusive art project that incorporates math, English and critical thinking skills.

My students will have to translate their thoughts about our diversity and community into designs, use math skills to size drawings and merge them logically, and use verbal and written communication skills to document their work. Ultimately, my students will gain an enduring appreciation of art and two beautiful murals that they can admire for many years.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/VERMLN 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/VLT 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/WM BLU 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/WM RED 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/WM YLW 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
UNVRSL RECYCL SKETCH/11INX14IN • Blick Art Materials $9.63 10 $96.30
CRAYOLA CLR PENCIL/BOX240 CLASSPK • Blick Art Materials $33.77 1 $33.77
JUMBO BRUSH DEAL/CANISTER OF 96 • Blick Art Materials $94.90 1 $94.90
BLICK GRAPHITE PENCL/CLASS PACK 144/CT • Blick Art Materials $51.89 1 $51.89
BLICK PASTEL/144PC CLASSRM PK • Blick Art Materials $30.78 2 $61.56
BLICKRYLIC/BLCKOUT WHT 64OZ • Blick Art Materials $10.90 3 $32.70
WHT BRSTL GESSO TUB/114 BRUSHES • Blick Art Materials $55.45 1 $55.45
DB ECONO GOLDEN NYLON BRIGHT/72PC SET • Blick Art Materials $137.74 2 $275.48
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/BLK 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/CBLT BLU 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/COOL RED 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/COOL YLW 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/MGNTA 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/NEON BLU 1/2-GAL • Blick Art Materials $21.25 2 $42.50
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/NEON GRN 1/2-GAL • Blick Art Materials $21.25 2 $42.50
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/NEON YLW 1/2-GAL • Blick Art Materials $21.25 2 $42.50
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/RAW UMBER 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/TURQ 1/2-GAL • Blick Art Materials $21.25 2 $42.50
2001 GRIP PENCIL/PENCIL HB • Blick Art Materials $1.21 12 $14.52
TRIANGLR GRIP ERASER/1 BC • Blick Art Materials $2.25 20 $45.00
ART GRIP CLRD PNCLS/36CT TIN • Blick Art Materials $38.99 2 $77.98
CRAYOLA JUMBO/8CT CRAYONS • Blick Art Materials $2.88 12 $34.56
STABILO WOODY PENCIL/10SET W/SHRPNR • Blick Art Materials $23.99 4 $95.96
CHILDRENS ART BRUSH/EASY GRIP 4PK • Blick Art Materials $3.49 5 $17.45
Canon - PowerShot SX50 HS 12.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black • Best Buy $479.99 1 $479.99
Canon - VIXIA HF R20 8GB Flash Memory Camcorder - Silver • Best Buy $349.99 1 $349.99
3YR DCC Commercial Geek Squad Protection • Best Buy $77.99 1 $77.99
Dynex Universal Tripod DX-TRP60 - tripod • Best Buy $39.99 1 $39.99
DISPOSABLE GLOVES/POWDER FREE SM 100BX • Blick Art Materials $7.76 10 $77.60
DISPOSABLE GLOVES/POWDR FREE MED 100BX • Blick Art Materials $7.76 5 $38.80
CHILDS VINYL APRON/YLW 29LX17W • Blick Art Materials $5.79 25 $144.75
KWIK-COVER WHT/24IN X 96IN • Blick Art Materials $4.21 10 $42.10
DUCK TAPE BRIGHTS/NEON ORG 1.88X15YD • Blick Art Materials $4.99 1 $4.99
DUCK TAPE BRIGHTS/NEON PNK 1.88X15YD • Blick Art Materials $4.99 1 $4.99
DUCK TAPE BRIGHTS/NEON GRN 1.88X15YD • Blick Art Materials $4.99 1 $4.99
DUCK TAPE BRIGHTS/CHROME 1.88X10YD • Blick Art Materials $4.99 1 $4.99
W/N ARTGEL MED/250ML JAR CLEANER • Blick Art Materials $10.19 4 $40.76
DIXIE PAPER PLATE/9IN UNCOATED 250PK • Blick Art Materials $12.34 2 $24.68
PLASTIC PAINT TRAYS/10 WELLS/10PK • Blick Art Materials $12.23 3 $36.69
FOAM ROLLERS/FOAM ROLLER ST OF 36 • Blick Art Materials $67.32 2 $134.64
CHRMCRYL STDNT ACRYLC/WHT 1/2GAL • Blick Art Materials $17.93 2 $35.86
WN TRIPLE PRIM ROLL/63INX30YD 8OZ • Blick Art Materials $354.45 1 $354.45

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