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Ms. Cox from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Artists in action! (Part 1)

The cost of this proposal for a variety of books about art and artists that will help introduce second-graders in East New York to famous artists, such as Michelangelo, and important periods in art history, such as Impressionism, is $280, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>. The students will use the books and their new art library for research and as a jumping-off point for fun art projects.

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This summer I had the opportunity to visit some of Europe's finest museums. It was amazing to be able to see the Mona Lisa, to walk around sculptures by Michelangelo and see them from all sides, and to visit Monet's garden. The experience inspired me to create a unit that will introduce my second-graders to paintings and sculptures they may never have seen, and that will combine a bit of book research and study with a chance to explore creative expression based on the study and observation of art. Many of my students have not traveled beyond Brooklyn's boundaries. I am determined to help them have the experience of looking at art and to help them learn about it through looking at art books. My plan is to take them on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and to create a comprehensive classroom art library of appropriately leveled art books for them to use. I want to further help my students explore art by having them put some of what they have looked at and learned about into action. Just imagine, second-graders in East New York making a Degas dancer out of clay or lying down under their desks and drawing as if they were Michelangelo. My idea is to focus on hands-on art activities that really bring the process of making art to life. First, however, I need to create my classroom art library and I am asking for funding to purchase art books. Every unit or activity in early elementary education starts with books. This new unit, that covers a variety of artists, periods and styles, requires a comprehensive book collection. The books I am asking for include books about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, Matisse and Picasso, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh and Frieda Kahlo, as well as books about the Impressionists and different aspects of art. My hope is that by teaching the students about individual artists and important periods and styles, I will provide them with a foundation that will allow them to appreciate art throughout their lives, and perhaps eventually experience the awe of art as I did this summer. Thank you.

Ms. Cox
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Spy Shapes in Art Lucy Micklethwait • Barnes and Noble $15.99 1 $15.99
Katie and the Sunflowers James Mayhew • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Katie Meets the Impressionists James Mayhew • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Katie and the Mona Lisa James Mayhew • Barnes and Noble $12.76 1 $12.76
Ish Peter H. Reynolds • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail: A Story about Pablo Picasso Laurence Anholt • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet Laurence Anholt • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Degas and the Little Dancer Laurence Anholt • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Camille and the Sunflowers Laurence Anholt • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
The Dot Peter H. Reynolds • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
I Spy: An Alphabet in Art Lucy Micklethwait • Barnes and Noble $9.89 1 $9.89
I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art Lucy Micklethwait • Barnes and Noble $9.89 1 $9.89
Jackson Pollock Clare Oliver • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Michelangelo Ann Rachlin,Susan Hellard (Illustrator),Susan Hellard (Illustrator),Tony Hart • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Edgar Degas: Paintings That Dance Maryann Cocca-Leffler • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars Joan Holub • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules True Kelley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Frida Kahlo, The Artist Who Painted Herself (Smart About the Art Series) Margaret Frith,Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies True Kelley • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors (Smart about Art Series) Jane O'Connor,Jessie Hartland (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Sistine Chapel Coloring Book Michelangelo • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55

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