Our school is in a small city on the coast of Maine. We have many low income families that depend on our free breakfast and lunch program (which continues even though our school is closed until the fall).
Now at home, many students are without any art supplies.
Despite trying to share lessons made with recycled or found items, they still lack the basic supplies of scissors, glue and even crayons. When I share the lessons online, I know some of my students are not able to participate. My sweet, creative students get so excited about art class and using real supplies like paint and clay.
I am teaching about Maine artists to celebrate our bicentennial year and each lesson asks for color. The lesson in the style of Dahlov Ipcar, for example, starts with geometric shapes and jungle or farm animals and mimics her style of patterns and bright colors.As I was creating this lesson, I was aware of about half of my students who would not have the materials needed to create this.
So many lessons need supplies which are readily available in the art room, but many of my students dont have supplies at home.
I do not want any student to feel left out. This grant gives me the opportunity to help 80 students have the materials included in the lessons and bring some joy into their home through creativity.
Our low income families are struggling with meeting their child's basic needs and going without. The students will be excited to be able to participate with their peers.
I will create packets for PreK - 1 using the blunt scissors, gluesticks and markers. Packets for 2nd graders will include the sharp scissors, glue bottles and watercolor sets. All packets will contain a sketchbook and the modeling clay.
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