My art students are in Kindergarten through Grade 5, and the school is of the highest need. One hundred percent of the student population receives free breakfast and lunch. Some are learning English, and some are transient. Though the school is high in need, it is also highly caring. Here, teachers, support staff, and administration work hard to create a positive learning environment. Parent participation is growing, and student work, including in art, is proudly shown in the halls and in community events nights such as our recent Art and Literacy Night. District wide, our students also participate in wide events such as Hartford Performs and the Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, where three students' art work is selected to for display at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
The arts in Hartford have faced multiple cuts.
Though it is a source of pride or refuge, all resources in our district have been limited by the City of Hartford's budget. The visual arts are a crucial part of our students' learning, and connect to other disciplines. Although responsibly consumed, these resources are finite--and we could use always use more.
Handheld pencil sharpeners will keep volume down during art making time--and help our concentration as well.
In a tiled classroom with a metal and glass skylight ceiling, the sharpener is extra loud.
Sometimes we have lots of pencils to sharpen! In guided and independent drawing time, it helps to be able to work in one place. Handheld pencils will minimize transitions, and allow the students to be more independent. Although we have plastic sharpeners, these are not as durable as the metal sharpeners I request, and are constantly needed to be replaced. The curve on the sharpeners should be a little comfier than the plastic sharpeners we currently use.
Crayons which are larger will also help my Kindergarten and Grade 1 students to be more independent. Allowing them to draw with a comfier grip will help prevent crayon breakage. Less breakage will make their drawing time more comfortable and help our materials last a little longer.
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