My students need the glass bead making kit to expose them to alternative arts, such as lamp working and glass blowing. Ceramic glazes will help to supplement their knowledge of what is possible in ceramic arts.
In Oklahoma, it's no secret that funding for the arts has been drastically reduced. Many students have had little or no experience with visual arts due to programs being removed from public schools- many don't know what colors can be mixed to form secondary colors, or what a complimentary color is, or understand the basics of how art and culture are so important to each other.
The population of my school is 80% minority, and over 86% are on a free or reduced lunch; students coming from these demographics need a safe place for personal expression now more than ever.
My students are brilliant, giving, and enthusiastic learners that are eager to get their hands into clay, or try their hand at creating a personal masterpiece in the style of Vincent van Gogh. Their self-confidence grows with the completion of every project, and I have had the privilege of watching their personalities brighten and joy come over their faces with every step they take in their artistic education.
Most art classes expose their students to the basics; two-dimensional learning with charcoal, pencils, paint, etc. Some will even stretch into the realm of three-dimensional artwork with clay or wire sculpture, but rarely does an art class have the ability to reach beyond that.
Supplies like the glass bead making kit and specialty ceramic glazes will help to expose my students to a broader range of the arts, such as glass blowing, bead making, and special-effects ceramic artwork.
I feel that it's important they see more than 'just the basics' in the world of art to inspire their imagination and encourage them to go beyond a flat pencil drawing.
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