This is my first year as an Art Teacher and I am so excited to continue my teaching career at Luis Munoz Marin. The school consists of Pre-K to 8th-grade students and I teach every grade minus Pre-K and 6th grade students. Most of the students come from low economic backgrounds living in an urban area and the students haven't had a consistent art teacher in a few years. I am hoping to build trust with each and every student through positive relationships and a positive learning environment.
These students need a safe environment to explore their creativity free of the troubles they may be facing outside of the classroom.
For 40 minutes, I want them to forget what they might be going through and to just focus on themselves and their artwork.
We are in the third month of the year and the supplies that we have are already running out. I see over 400 students each week and I try very hard to make the supplies last as long as I can.
As an art teacher in Bridgeport, we are allowed to spend $2 per pupil for art supplies.
Because there are two art teachers within the building, we had to split the budget, meaning we were only allowed to spend $1 per pupil. It is very hard to order supplies for the entire year with that low of a budget. The supplies that I did order in the beginning of the year were necessities such as paper, watercolor paints, paint cakes, and sharpies.
While I do still have some of these materials, I was unable to order the other necessities for an art classroom. My order did not include markers, colored pencils, paintbrushes, or construction paper. Thankfully, I was donated some of these materials but they are running low. Each day the students come up to me asking for a new marker because the one they are using is dead. Or I have a fun snowman project in mind that requires small paintbrushes, but I just don't have any.
It breaks my heart that I can't run a project with my classes because we don't have the supplies necessary. With these supplies, it would open up many different opportunities for art projects throughout the year.
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