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Ms. n. from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Black Like Me

The cost of Prismacolor art supplies and historical texts is $323, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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In my Art II class we are exploring the themes of self-portrait and identity, both in their literal and figurative meanings. We have been creating charcoal self-portraits, mixed media (digital photography, painting, sewing and writing) self-portraits, figure drawing and more abstract versions of self-portraits. I would like to take our visual study to a deeper level, creating Prismacolor self-portraits that describe us physically, but also include imagery of what it means to be "Black" in 2005, on the Westside of Chicago, in the United States. 100% of my students are African-American and I would like us to visually explore different ways of describing and expressing race and culture. My students have been labeled many things by other people, including each other. They have been described many ways by as many different people. I would like to provide them an opportunity to describe themselves, visually and in writing (in the form of drawings and poems), articulating who they are today, communicating how they want to be described as and individual and as a part of a larger community. We will look at the work of Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, Carrie Mae Weems, Dawoud Bey, studying both their visual works and their writing about their experience as artists and as African-Americans. We will then use the Prismacolor pencils to create self-portraits. Included in the self-portraits will be not only the students, but also imagery evocative of their experience as African-American teens today. We will then display the artwork in a public space in the school and invite other students to reflect on their own experiences as African-Americans, observing where there are similarities and where we are unique.

Ms. n.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PRISMACOLOR PENCILS ASST SET 120 • Dick Blick $79.98 1 $79.98
PRISMACOLOR ART STIX ASSORT SET48 • Dick Blick $39.98 1 $39.98
Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection Amalia K. Amaki (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Kerry James Marshall Terrie Sultan,Arthur Jafa,Kerry James Marshall • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Item Shipping & Handling Charges • Dick Blick $14.95 1 $14.95

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