More than a third of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
My students need to explore their creative side using watercolors and pastels in order to add depth and complexity to the academic curriculum.
Art is so individual! Kids love being creative but are sometimes afraid of making a mistake. There are no mistakes in art! Art comes from passion and the heart. I want to let them find their artistic side this year through activities using watercolors and pastels.
My school is a K-6 elementary school of 26 teachers and 650 students.
Our attendance area has over 2600 apartment units (29% are affordable housing), and approximately 25% of our first through sixth grade students are new to our school each year. In the past four years we have seen the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch climb from 13% to 31%. My school has a rich ethnic and multi-cultural background. Over 200 of our students were born in another country and over 50% are identified as English Language Learners. We are a wonderfully unique school as 32 languages are spoken and no one ethnicity represents more than 20% of our school. We have long housed three English Language Learner magnet classes for students who are new to the United States and score Beginning on their initial CELDT test, and in recent years we have added 3 self-contained special education classes.
The watercolors and pastels will open up doors to express a creative and artistic side that often is overlooked as we rush to conquer curriculum! With these resources, we can add depth and complexity to activities and thereby reaching and exciting students with a different approach. Some students may find a love and/or a talent they never realized they had for the arts. For some this can be the success they have lacked, perhaps even motivation for coming to school; never knowing if today will be the day Mrs. P brings out the watercolors or pastels again! We will be able to learn about color and how it affects everything around us and how to live with it! Color is exciting and I want to bring that excitement to my students! I want to show them how to mix colors, how paradise might look if they were an explorer, how a clown might brighten someone's day, what the open sea while on the Mayflower may have looked like, the possibilities are endless!
I hope you will consider funding this project!
Look around you, color is everywhere. Help a child realize how creative and expressive they can be using color to create! I want to let them find their artistic side this year through the use of watercolors and pastels. Let us color our world beautiful!
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