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Ms. Dunio from Morgan Hill CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Art Makes Smart

My students need childrens books about Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Diego Rivera, and other artists to begin in depth artist studies and be empowered through art.

  • $412 goal

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My Students

"An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently." -- Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California

In an age where the academic focus is on test scores, students rarely have time to develop fine motor skills.

My students love to learn, but there is more to learning that reading, writing, and math. Artist studies will introduce students to famous artists, while providing opportunities for creative expression as well as focusing our reading and writing lessons.

My Project

Each month, I will focus my students on a new artist -- Picasso, Van Gogh, Warhol, Monet, etc. We will read biographies about the artist, read and observe stories illustrated in the artist's style, see samples of their work, and then create our own art integrating the artist's techniques. I'm hoping that these focused artist studies will empower my students through art, and inspire them to expand their repertoire of artistic styles.

Our school is in our second year of being a STEAM Academy.

I feel like I have successfully integrated science, technology, engineering, and math into my classroom. At the same time I feel that I am lacking in providing quality art education for my students. These artist studies will raise the bar, and provide more focused art instruction.

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Ms. Dunio
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola(r) Model Magic Primary Colors Classpack (75 - 1 oz. packs) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $39.91 1 $39.91
Crayola(r) Multicultural Markers Classpack (80 count, 8 colors) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $35.66 1 $35.66
Norman Rockwell: Storyteller With A Brush Beverly Gherman, N • AKJ Books $16.78 1 $16.78
Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter Susan Goldman Rubin • AKJ Books $16.02 1 $16.02
Vincent Van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind • AKJ Books $13.87 1 $13.87
Uncle Andy''s • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Diego Rivera • AKJ Books $13.10 1 $13.10
Wideness and Wonder • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Georgia in Hawaii - NYP Feb 2012 • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Henri''s Scissors • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Matisse: The King of Color (Anholt''s Artists Books for Child • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt''s Artists Books for Chil • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Picasso and the Girl with the Ponytail (Anholt''s Artists Boo • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt''s Artists Books for C • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
I Am an Artist • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Diego • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Claude Monet • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Norman Rockwell Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Frida Kahlo Mike Venezia • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Andy Warhol Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Diego Rivera Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator), Meg M • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Frida Kahlo • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Pablo Picasso • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists: Van Gogh Mike V • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Frida Kahlo, The Artist Who Painted Herself (Smart About the • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors (Smart about Art Series • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules True Kelley, True Kell • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies True Kelley, True Kel • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37

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