I have over 450 curious minds that come into my classroom, each week, ready to learn about art: both the history and the practice of making it. The students I have are in a wide range of ages 5-14 and grades kindergarten through 8th. For some of my students, this is the first year they have attended my art class, and they are eager to participate! For others, this is another year for them to learn and experience new things. My students are bright and energetic, with creative minds that shock me sometimes, with the great ideas they come up with. Many of the children I teach have a very hard home life, their parents are both working two to three jobs to scrape by, they are homeless, or they come from a broken family. The goal of my classroom is that no matter where they come from, or what is going on outside of school, the students have the same opportunities and materials as students in the schools around here. It can be hard at times, but with the support of people like you, I am able to give these students an amazing art class each year.
The students in every one of my classes will be using liquid watercolors to add bright vibrant colors to their papers. Watercolors are one of my students' favorite materials to use. However, the watercolors in pans do not have the same results as liquid watercolor. Because the liquid watercolor is already a liquid you can get more pigment on the paper without having clumped or sticky spots from over excited kindergartners. The kindergarten students will be creating an underwater sense using oil pastels and liquid watercolors. The students will draw their under sea animal with oil pastel and then paint it in with liquid watercolors. They will also create a habitat using the watercolors. I look forward to see the bright paintings lining our hallways.
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