My students need basic art materials, such as colored pencils, markers, and oil pastels.
"Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence."-Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications, Xerox Corporation
My students each come from economically depressed homes.
Of my 28 students, 22 speak a language other than English at home. Over 70% of my class qualifies for free or reduced price meals at school. Having basic school supplies is often a luxury for these students. More often than not, I provide them with pencils, notebooks, paper, scissors, and folders. All of my students struggle financially and many struggle academically, but all of them can be successful in art. Art is the one area where every child has an equal chance to shine. I find that I learn so much more about my students through their art than I would otherwise. Students who are shining stars in the traditional academic areas often struggle with art and that's good for them. They need to struggle once in awhile, and learn to be creative. The students who tend to struggle in math and reading are often the most artistically talented students. Art gives them a chance to excel at something, often for the first time.
These materials will allow my class to do art projects based on the artists and art styles we study. Using van Gogh's paintings of his bedroom, we study the use of warm and cool colors and their effect on mood. These materials will allow us to create our own pictures and experiment with how color effects mood. In our study of Op Art, we will use these materials to create our own optical works of art. Markers, colored pencils, and oil pastels will allow my students to be creative in the classroom and to express themselves in a positive manner.
Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, said, "I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities...the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country." I believe that whole-heartedly.
Without arts education, students become one-dimensional. The arts open up worlds that my students are not likely to have the opportunity to discover on their own.
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|SHARPIE FINE PT MRKR/BLK CD/5 • Blick Art Materials||$4.29||7||$30.03|
|SHARPIE EXTRA FINE/BLK • Blick Art Materials||$0.81||10||$8.10|
|REDIMARK MARKER/ASST SET8 • Blick Art Materials||$7.19||35||$251.65|
|CRAYOLA CLR PENCIL/CLSPK BX/462 • Blick Art Materials||$68.75||1||$68.75|
|PORTFOLIO OIL PASTEL/BOX 300 CLASSPK • Blick Art Materials||$84.74||1||$84.74|
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