My students need artist clipboards and lap desks to provide alternate work spaces. These resources will allow students to work in chairs, at tables, or on the floor of the classroom.
I teach kindergarten through fifth grade students in a high poverty Title I rural school in South Carolina. The majority of my students have little-to-no arts experiences outside of school. My young artists are eager to learn about and create art in school.
With a lack of museums, cultural centers, and arts opportunities within our small community, I see it as my responsibility to foster a love for the arts in my students.
It is my mission to bring as many arts experiences as possible to my students. I want my students to experience a variety of media, artwork, artists, and cultures during the 6 years I teach them. I want them to love the arts and to love creating.
In order to accommodate the different work styles of my young artists, I would like to provide my students with the opportunity to use large artist clipboards and lap desks while working in our classroom. Some of my young artists prefer to sit by themselves as they work, while others do not like working on a tabletop.
Since not all artists are comfortable creating while sitting in a hard chair and working at a table, I would like to provide my young artists with some alternate work surfaces for creating their beautiful artwork.
The large artist clipboards would give students several seating and work space options. Clipboards can be leaned against a table edge or counter while the student sits in a chair or they may be used as the student sits on the floor. The lap desks may also be used while students are sitting in a chair or on the floor.
Some of my students prefer to work alone in order to focus and concentrate on their work. The introduction of these new work surfaces will give students that option. Other students like to be able to sit on the floor and spread out with their work--not being confined to a tabletop with other students. I think that giving my students these new options will make some students more comfortable as they complete their work and will increase productivity in the art room.
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