Our Title I school serves free breakfast for 85% of the students, and they get to the school early to eat the breakfast that they don’t get at home. My students eat their breakfast at school each morning before they come to my class. Fuel in their bodies makes them ready to learn and start the day.
We are a uniform school and some kids have uniforms that fit and are clean and others have uniforms that are too big, too small, and don't really look clean.
The majority of kids are happy and energetic and ready to learn, but some students have trouble staying awake and staying focused, come every day from group homes, homeless or being raised by grandparents.
My students are 11, 12, 13, and 14-year-old boys and girls, growing, trying, creating, experiencing, experimenting, challenging, and ultimately becoming educated with art in my classroom.
My classes are all year long so I can work with these students in-depth with technology, get to know their strengths and weaknesses, likes/dislikes and see their creativity develop as their experience with art increases and grows.
This project is drawing portraits of 10 orphans in Rohingya Refugee camps in Bangladesh and learning about the culture these children come from.
My students will improve their ability to draw portraits of children their own age, gain an understanding about different countries, cultures and their history, learn about different lifestyles and hopefully gain an understanding and compassion for children like themselves/different from themselves far from where they live by completing this project.
This is a very exciting, engaging community service project to participate in and one in which they would not be able to do without Donors Choose contributers.
Students learn portrait drawing techniques, they will learn about Bangladesh children and their experience in Rohingya Refugee camps by drawing portraits of these students for them, they will learn about their history, their art and their culture. They learn about the lives of children their age in different countries which aligns with the National Standards for the Arts - connecting.
Once the fee is paid, the Memory project will send pictures of these 10 orphans. I make a blog post with information about art techniques they need to know, information about the country and the art, food, music, news and the living conditions of the orphans. To draw someone other than themselves, their own age; they will really, deeply look at them, feel for them and gain an understanding of someone their own age in a different country, and culture.
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