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

Art is Where the Heart Is

My students need prints and other examples of different kinds of art to broaden their perceptions and stir their imaginations, including landscapes, seasons, still life, and portraits.

  • $407 goal

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My Students

We live in spaces that can sometimes hem in our perceptions and our spirits. In the city, that can mean cramped spaces, run-down buildings, lots of concrete and little green. My students have imaginations limited only by their limited exposure to a larger world. Art is a window into that world.

My students are special needs children, ranging from grades 1-4, in a high-poverty, high-needs urban community.

While they may struggle to acquire the reading and math skills many of us take for granted, each child in my class is bright, curious, hopeful, resilient and creative. Like many children in a high-poverty urban community, my children fight an uphill battle to get their basic needs met every day. Beyond those formidable challenges, my students bring an additional set of academic and emotional hurdles to school. They don't learn easily. They don't learn like everyone else. Some of them have been unable to cope emotionally with the situations they find themselves in. And many of them are beginning to see themselves as "less than" their peers. However, each and every one of them finds energy, joy and pride in creating, whether it is a small marker drawing, a construction paper sculpture or a paper snowflake. Art is engaging and instructive; I want them to have more!

My Project

My students already live with the awareness that they are "different." However, I want them to understand deeply that different can be beautiful, wonderful, exhilarating, fantastic and even essential to the world. Specifically, I want to sample the range of human experience, perspective and talent through an on-going exposure and hands-on experience with art. Like many urban schools, there is no art or music program for our students. I create multi-disciplinary units during the year which incorporate different reading genres, science and social studies content, and culminate in an art project. While I can usually pull together different materials for the projects, I don't have examples of reference art to help stretch my children's imaginations. I want them to see how differently artists interpret and present a landscape, flower, seasons, animals and masks - to inspire and free them to create their own works of art.

There are fewer and fewer opportunities for self-expression that aren't graded or tested with a standardized multiple choice test.

I have found, for my students, that yet another multiple choice test doesn't even begin to let them demonstrate what they have learned. More often than not, art does. It allows them to use their unique multiple intelligences to experience and express learning, and it builds confidence and pride that gives them the courage that goes far beyond any test.

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Ms. Sturgeon
Grades 3-5
  • Ryerson Elementary School
  • Chicago, IL
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CRAFTERS CHOICE GDE/POCKT CLR WHEEL5 1/8 • Blick Art Materials $2.15 12 $25.80
SHOREWD VISUAL SETS/!D PRINTS W57 • Blick Art Materials $70.00 1 $70.00
SHOREWD VISUAL SETS/!D PRINTS W86 • Blick Art Materials $56.50 1 $56.50
SHOREWD VISUAL SETS/!D PRINTS W93 • Blick Art Materials $56.50 1 $56.50
TAKE 5 PRINTS/SELF PORTRAITS • Blick Art Materials $40.80 1 $40.80
MASKS VIDEO/CULTURAL MASKS • Blick Art Materials $25.46 1 $25.46
Item Shipping/Handling Charges • Blick Art Materials $30.95 1 $30.95

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