My students need self hardening clay and acrylic paint so they can experience the joy of clay and 3D art while not having the facility or funding to support a kiln.
My students love coming to art each week. We make the most of our time together even though supplies and space are tremendously limited. They are always ready to explore their world and learn more about themselves through the visual arts.
Although my students are very talented, most will never have the opportunity to experience the arts outside of school.
They live in a rural, high poverty area and over 60% are on free or reduced lunch. I brought a Visual Arts program to the school and community six years ago, and was very well received. We have approximately 550 students in grades K-4 that attend Art once a week for 40 or 50 minutes in a very small mobile unit. We always make our time together a positive experience. We have studied famous artists, learned about cultural arts form around the world, worked with many different art media, and have completed many lessons integrated into other subject areas. My students love to draw, paint, collage, learn and really love to work with clay on the rare occasions when I have been able to include clay in our curriculum. Of everything that is requested, clay is the most popular. They would be overjoyed to each get to do at least one project this year using clay!
If we are blessed with receiving your donation I will plan one clay lesson for each grade level. I would like to create sun masks, coil and pinch pots, animal sculptures and clay medallions just to name a few. Because we will never be able to have a kiln, the self hardening clay will be perfect for older students while the Crayola model magic should be age appropriate for the younger ones. Instead of glaze we will use the acrylic paint to add beautiful colors. I can only imagine the smiles and excitement that will be seen on the faces of my children as they create their own original works of art. I will publish a slide show of our work on my school web page for everyone to enjoy!
Art education has always played a very important role in the development of the whole child.
My students have grown so much in the time I have spent with them. Art becomes a tool in learning about the self and the world we live in. There is nothing like creating something from your imagination. Clay will give my students the ability to explore a medium that is not readily available and open up many possibilities that lie within them.
"Imagination will take you everywhere"-Albert Einstein
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