My students need 15 boxes of gallon sized recloseable plastic bags to store clay projects and 8 sets of clay tools to add detail.
Since my students only come to art once a week, it is nearly impossible to keep their clay pieces damp enough to continue working on them. I am the art teacher at a small urban school with a very high poverty and homeless rate. The simplest art projects mean the world to my students, because often school is the only constant in their lives.
Each time I ask what the students would like to do most, clay is at the top of their list. We haven't done any so far because I have no way to store their works in progress. Clay needs to be stored damp so that it can continue to be worked. I learned a fabulous new technique for joining clay this summer, and I can't wait for the students to try it. It is so simple that they will all be successful with it.
We need gallon sized reclosable bags to store our clay projects in until they are ready to fire. We also need tools to work designs into our clay. The tools will let us make sure that our elephants have wrinkles on their knees, our cats have whiskers, and our snakes have scales.
Your generosity will make the difference between a rushed and jumbled animal done in one 40 minute class, and a detailed, well-done work of ceramic art done over a period of weeks. Plastic bags and clay tools will let my students take their time and do their best.
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