More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Artists on Display
My students need a document camera.
Imagine trying to vie for space to watch your art teacher demonstrate a new technique around a crowded table. Think about how hard it is to replicate something you can barely see. Our students need a document camera so they can see the techniques we use in art.
The students in our school are amazing artists.
Their talent is evident in all the work they do. However, many cannot practice our art techniques at home as they lack materials. Our school population is made up nearly entirely of severely economically disadvantaged students. The experience they have of art techniques and works of art come almost entirely from their art experience at school. Unfortunately, with large visual art class sizes at our school it is so hard to model for all the students so that they can have a good view. Students put so much effort into using the right technique, but get frustrated because they cannot see clearly or are squished next to neighbors. Twenty-eight fifth graders crowded around a mid-sized art table is a tight fit in any environment.
Our students will be able to use the document camera in multiple ways. First, it will allow me to model the art techniques so that everyone can remain in an individual seat to have a good view. This will reduce the amount of time students waste moving back and forth between the demonstration area and their own work allowing them more time to practice the new technique. Students will also have the advantage of seeing works of art displayed using the camera. More 3D pieces can be shared for the students to analyze. Finally, the students can use the document camera individually to share their own work and describe their own use of the techniques they have been taught and critiquing the work of their classmates. The students will learn not only to create work that has a higher degree of difficulty, but they will able to use higher order thinking skills to interpret and analyze their own work and that of others.
By being able to closely observe art techniques in works of art and in their instructional practice our students will continue to excel in the visual arts.
Through generous donations from you, our school art program will be even more transforming for our young artists. Being able to see the techniques presented in a 3D form will allow my students to grow in many ways.
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