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Ms. Cohen from Los Angeles CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Aspiring Young Artists need Essential Art Supplies

My students need basic primary color acrylic paints for their Painting 1 class. From those colors we can go anywhere.

  • $548 goal

This project expired on May 23, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Although we are an arts focused school most of my painting students have never painted until they enter my class. Drastic budget cuts have severely limited opportunities for art in elementary and middle school. Painting opens up a new world of exploration for them.

Most of my students are first and second generation immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Korea and the Philipines.

Most come to the school with an interest in art. Others don't. I try to shape my class so that it challenges students of all abilities by combining solid technical skills with the opportunity to add their personal touch to their assignments. In my recent end of project reflection (a surreal still life) students commented on their growth: 'Now I know that there is never just one color in any object","Painting takes effort and commitment". "I have never painted until this class, and I learned that I love it". "I learned that painting doesn't have to be photographic reproduction, that it's okay to see the brush strokes.". I like that we were given the chance to do something different."

My Project

My students need basic primary color acrylic paints for their Painting 1 class. From those colors we can go anywhere. Nothing can happen in the world of color without the basic primary colors. These basic colors allow me to teach a full semester curriculum of painting, starting with expressive experimentation with abstract color, to fine tuning their observation skills mixing and blending colors for realistic interpretations of still life, landscape and portraiture. "Lessons learned" are all applicable to lessons for life. My students learn that it is better to make their own colors and values, rather than squeeze it out of a bottle or tube they also understand they should "create it yourself, don't have others do it for you". When I urge them to look carefully at what they are painting, it opens up their eyes to the colors in shapes in their everyday lives, making them more perceptive and sensitive to the world around them. When I ask them to sketch several ideas first they are learning about exploring options. When they must finally settle on an idea and carry it through, they learn persistence.

By supporting this project you are helping young artists open up more than a world of color.

You are giving them raw materials for life long learning not only in the arts, but helping them develop those 21st century skills we all talk about needing: critical and creative thinking.

Ms. Cohen
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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14 donors14 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 40 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
DB ACADMC RND/SZ12 SYNTHC NTRL HDL • Blick Art Materials $6.97 10 $69.70
STRATHMR 400 ACRYLIC/18X24 SHEET • Blick Art Materials $1.89 30 $56.70
DB ARTIST ACRYLIC/CAD YLW LT 16OZ • Blick Art Materials $24.21 4 $96.84
DB ARTIST ACRYLIC/NPTHL CRMSN 16OZ • Blick Art Materials $19.39 4 $77.56
DB ARTIST ACRYLIC/THLO BLU GRN SH 4.65 • Blick Art Materials $7.70 4 $30.80
DB ARTIST ACRYLIC/WHT TITNM 16OZ • Blick Art Materials $14.31 4 $57.24

Materials cost

$388.84

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$35.58

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.83

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$465.25

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$82.10

Total project goal

$547.35

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$547.35

13 Donors

-$267.50

Donations toward project cost

-$232.62

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$34.88

match offer

-$273.68

Match offer toward project cost

-$232.63

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.05

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$6.17

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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