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Ms. DeMark from Pittsburgh PA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cutting Mats, Rubber Cement, and Rulers, Oh My!

My students need cutting mats, rubber cement (and erasers), cork back 12" metal rulers, tracing paper, and black (12" x 18") construction paper in order to complete this project.

  • $445 goal

This project expired on November 29, 2018.

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My Students

Hello, all! I have the honor and privilege of teaching learners in grades 7-10 in the city of Pittsburgh. Students travel from all neighborhoods of the city to experience learning in an IB classroom. Our school services about 1000 students (6-12) from a variety of backgrounds. 100% of our students receive a free breakfast and lunch.

All students should have equal access to the tools that are necessary to maximize their learning experience.

Although my school does provide me with a small budget for art materials, my students do not have access to all of the essentials materials needed to complete a variety of my projects. Currently, the students are sharing what little tools and materials we do have. Often, we bypass engaging in age-appropriate art techniques because we do not have access to vital materials. Without the tools we need, my students are not being provided with the equitable learning experience they all deserve.

My Project

My ninth grade students are at a point of artist development where they want to create things that mean something to them. Learners are totally engaged when learning new techniques and methods for art making. For the past two years, my ninth grade students have loved creating tunnel books. This project utilizes my students problem-solving skills and empowers them to take ownership of their learning. Additionally, my students who do not typically enjoy the traditional drawing and painting projects adore creating this original piece of art. The artists create a three-dimensional composition based on a narrative from a movie/book. The students focus on either character development, dramatic action, or symbolism to share their visual narrative with an audience. Problem: this project has been elongated because students have to share materials (cutting mats, rubber cement, etc.). In addition, students have not learned proper cutting techniques because we only have access to wooden rulers. Have you ever tried to cut a straight line using a wooden ruler as your straight-edge? Yeah, the knife cuts straight into to wood! *The cork keeps our ruler from moving and our fingers safe.*

To create tunnel books, students need pencils, poster board, black construction paper, tracing paper, a cutting mat, cork back rulers, exacto knives, rubber cement, and a rubber cement eraser.

You may be asking, "But why do you need so many cutting mats and rulers?" My high school classes have up to 35 students each period — that means 35 cutting mats and 35 rulers. I do already have some of these materials; I have a few cutting mats, exacto knifes, some bottles of rubber cement, and poster board. Although some of these items are consumables, most items will benefit my students for year to come.

Ms. DeMark
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 70 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
57559-2506-Blick Cutting Mat - Gray/Black, 12" x 18" • Blick Art Materials $7.59 25 $189.75
Stainless Steel Metal Ruler 10 Pack – Set of Flexible 12 Inch Office Rulers with Non Slip Cork Back Providing Optimal Precision (10 Pack) • Amazon Business $14.59 3 $43.77
23903-1005-Elmer''s Rubber Cement - 8 oz, Metal Can • Blick Art Materials $3.88 10 $38.80
24908-1002-Crepe Rubber Cement Pickup - 2" x 2" • Blick Art Materials $1.76 8 $14.08
Pacon SunWorks Construction Paper, 12-Inches by 18-Inches, 100-Count, Black (6308) • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Standard Shipping • Blick Art Materials $9.95 1 $9.95
10602-1005-Bienfang Parchment 100 Fine Tracing Paper - 11" x 14", 50 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $9.08 1 $9.08

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