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Mrs. Stewart from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Artists: Past and Future

My students need the "Getting to Know the World'd Greatest Artist" book collection by Mike Venezia, as well as Laurence Anholt's Artists Books for Children Collection.

  • $448 goal

This project expired on January 12, 2014.

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My Students

"The world is but a canvas to our imagination"-- Henry David Thoreau. My students are expressive and creative individuals who absolutely love art. Unfortunately, we lack resources. Art is not a prioritized content-area in our district, and this is very much reflected in its lack of funding.

I have an amazing group of twenty-eight fourth graders.

They are enthusiastic learners and creative thinkers. They enjoy being in school and possess an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Although they enjoy every single subject, Art seems to have a special place in their hearts. My students attend a Title I school, in which all students qualify for the Free Lunch Program. Many of them reside in government funded housing programs in the inner city. Although we are fortunate enough to be provided with basic resources and school supplies for our classroom, we are in desperate need of additional resources for the arts.

My Project

The collection of "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artist" by Mike Venezia and Laurence Anholt's Artist Books for children would be a tremendous resource for our classroom. Due to district mandated pacing plans in the core subject areas, it has been a struggle for most classrooms to include art in elementary education. Our class makes every effort to incorporate art within all subject areas. We have used Picasso's Cubism style in creating our self portraits to go along with our autobiographies. We have also studied and explored Van Gogh's artwork, which provided us with ideas in our "Parts of a Flower" poster for science. With these books in our classroom library, my students will have immediate access and be able to utilize them in a variety of ways. They can do artist biographies while in their small group rotations. They can also compare and contrast varying art styles. They will be able to identify which artist would be best suited as a guide for their next project.

The collections of art books will make a world of difference for the students in my class.

It can serve as a resource across all subject areas. We can use it for writing biographies, responses to literature, descriptive writing, math graphic designs and patterns, ideas for science illustrations and social studies projects. With the generosity of foundations like the Lily Sarah Grace Fund and donors such as yourselves, my class will be able to continue integrating art across all subject areas.

Mrs. Stewart
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LL132 - Washable Fine-Tip Markers - Class Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
Degas and the Little Dancer • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Leonardo and the Flying Boy: A Story about Leonardo da Vinci • 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
Picasso and the Girl With a Ponytail • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Magical Garden of Claude Monet • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Camille and the Sunflowers Laurence Anholt • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Cezanne and the Apple Boy • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Norman Rockwell Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Paul Gauguin Mike Veneza, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Rembrandt • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Edgar Degas Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
El Greco Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Faith Ringgold Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Marc Chagall Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Paul Klee • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Winslow Homer (Getting to Know World Artists Series) Mike Ve • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Pierre Auguste Renoir • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Monet Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator), Sara Mollman • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists: Picasso Mike Ve • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists: Michelangelo Mi • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Botticelli Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Georgia O''Keeffe Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator), M • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Roy Lichtenstein (Getting to Know the World''s Greatest Artis • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Titian Mike Venezia • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists: Grant Wood Mike • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Henri Rousseau Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Paul C zanne Mike Venezia, Shari Joffe (Editor) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Pieter Bruegel Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator), Meg • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Andy Warhol Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Jackson Pollock Mike Venezia • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Mary Cassatt Mike Venezia, Sarah Mollman Underhill, Mike Ven • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Pierre Auguste Renoir • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Salvador Dali Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator), Meg • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Eugene Delacroix Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Da Vinci • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Diego Vel Zquez (Getting to Know the World''s Grea • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Edward Hopper Mike Venezia, Sarah Mollman Underhill • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Georges Seurat Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Grandma Moses Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Horace Pippin Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Johannes Vermeer • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07

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