My students need a collection of children's books, artist books and visual resources to create a "fine arts library" for our classroom and school.
"Logic will take you from point A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere" - Albert Einstein.
My young students come from a lower-income urban area where many of their local or neighborhood schools are facing closure and mass budget cuts.
We are a small Charter school in our first year serving students grades K-5 in a large city. As the Art teacher I have the pleasure of seeing all students in the school weekly and sometimes more! These young artists are eager to learn and in my classroom they will assume the role of the contemporary artist- creating as much and as diverse work as possible.
In my classroom I envision the shelves filled with as many books as we would have paint, a cozy chair to settle down in and a simple system so students can check out books at their discretion. The collection is filled with material geared towards all different age groups and reading levels. A large population of my students are English Language Learners so there are a number of books that are written in both Spanish and English. My students will not only have the opportunity to read and expand on artists and materials that they have learned about in class, but they they will be able to explore new and different information as well. In order for these children to continue growing as confident and inquisitive young artists, we need a solid collection of arts-based literature for the school.
Many in my classes do not have easy access to public libraries in their neighborhood or Internet access at home, so continuing their exploration of art outside of class may not be an option for them.
I want to create an art-based library for the school/classroom so students not only have access to these materials during their time with me, but at home as well. Your donations would be greatly appreciated by both myself and my students.
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