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Ms. Preston from Chicago IL is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.


Help me give my students acrylic paint, canvases, and a strainer for paint cups. Colored permanent markers, tools for paper making, color chalk pastels, daubers and india ink for large scale painting, and beads for jewelry making.

  • $492 goal

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My Students

We are a Chicago Public School in a neighborhood that serves 351 Pre-K through 8th grade students. Many of our families are low income and speak another language, and we also have diverse learners as well as a deaf and hard of hearing population. The art room is a safe place for these children to tell their stories. They learn to express themselves and to think creatively in a classroom where many of the lessons have a theme of tolerance, peace, and embracing diversity. Our school is dual language PK-2nd grade so students are learning through english and Spanish, even in the art classroom! We have also become a STEAM school, and are working to integrate art in all subjects school wide. They are so excited to finally have visual art back at their school, and absolutely love coming to art class!

My Project

This is the first year in TWO years our students have had art. Many of them are begging to come in during their lunch for extra art time. I would love to have both a lunch time and after school art club, but being a new program we ordered bare essentials this year.

These are materials we unable to purchase with the launch of our art program, but would bring a true art club to life!

Students can use permanent markers to draw and create batik dyed fabrics, they will be able to use acrylic paint on real artist canvases not just paper, and strainer will help keep our paint cups clean and dry between use.

They will have a variety of beads available to create jewelry, and can explore painting/drawing with india ink large scale with daubers. They can experiment with color when working with chalk pastels to create blended drawings, and we can recycle paper to create our own with paper making screens!

Ms. Preston
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Paper Making DIY Tools Wooden Papermaking Frame Screen for Kids Teens Teaching 2 in 1 (S(18 x 12.5 x 2.5cm)) • Amazon Business $15.99 5 $79.95
Sax True Flow Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Set, Pints, Assorted Colors, Set of 12 - 439304 • Amazon Business $61.97 1 $61.97
Crayola Model Magic, School Supplies Classpack, Modeling Clay Alternative, 1 oz, Packs, 75 Count • Amazon Business $35.97 1 $35.97
Sargent Art 22-4124 Colored Square Chalk Pastels, 24 Count • Amazon Business $11.83 3 $35.49
8 x 10 Inch Stretched Canvas Value Pack of 10 • Amazon Business $16.88 2 $33.76
Sax True Flow Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, 1/2 Gallon, Titanium White - 439301 • Amazon Business $18.65 1 $18.65
Sax True Flow Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, 1/2 Gallon, Mars Black - 439298 • Amazon Business $18.65 1 $18.65
3"x3" Canvas for Painting, Academy Art Supplies (12 Pack) • Amazon Business $8.78 2 $17.56
Speedball Super Black India Ink, 1 Quart - 424917 • Amazon Business $16.62 1 $16.62
Handy Art Empty 2 ounce Marker Bottle, Dauber Tip and Cap, 12-Each (900-003) • Amazon Business $16.34 1 $16.34
Makerstep Over the Sink Colander Strainer Basket Stainless Steel, For Kitchen Sink with Rubber Grip, Fine Mesh Stainless Steel, Large, Expandable Metal Strainer for Pasta, Food, Vegetables • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Beadery Bonanza 5LB of Mixed Craft Beads, Sizes, Multicolor • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Sharpie Color Burst Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24 Count • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
Sharpie 38250PP Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count, Standard Packaging • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97

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