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Ms. Frazier
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Getting Creative With Clay!

My students need 300 lbs of clay to make identity containers as part of a Facing History and Ourselves collaborative unit on the Holocaust and Human Behavior.

My Students

Can you imagine going through elementary, middle and high school having never taken an art class? For most of my students, my art class is the only exposure to fine arts my students will have the opportunity to experience throughout their entire school careers.

I have a wonderful group of students who are all of minority backgrounds.

Most of my students are in 10th grade and are taking my class as their 10th grade elective. I do have some juniors and seniors as well. Many of my students have never had the opportunity to take an art class before now and absolutely love art, especially when it's messy and hands-on. The school they attend is a small inner-city charter high school in the state of California. The school is one of the highest performing schools in the area providing students with a choice to attend a high school with higher test scores, a higher graduation rate, and a higher percentage of college bound students, while at the same time valuing the fine arts.

My Project

Every year the 10th grade English, social studies and visual arts departments at my school collaborate to provide our students with a cross-curricular unit on the Holocaust and Human Behavior through the Facing History and Ourselves organization. Because all of our students are minorities we stress the importance of identity, humanity, civility, and responsibility through various readings, projects, and activities in each class allowing our students to make greater connections to the content. In my visual arts class, students are going to have a wonderful opportunity to explore their own identity and create a functional container out of clay that displays their identities in some way. Additionally, they will learn the basics of ceramics and sculpture. By the end of the unit students will not only have a greater sense of identity, they will have a functional, physical object they created with their own hands. My students need 300 lbs of clay to make identity containers as part of a Facing History and Ourselves collaborative unit on the Holocaust and Human Behavior.

The messier the media the better the creation; there is something about a messy, hands-on project that keeps students engaged more than ever.

I see my students' faces light up at the possibility of working with clay and creating 3-dimensional masterpieces. By providing my classroom with a supply of clay, my students will experience a truly well-rounded fine arts class by creating a hand-made ceramic piece they will keep for years to come.

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BONEWARE GREY CLAY/GRAY 50 LB • Blick Art Materials $40.79 6 $244.74
Item Shipping/Handling Charges • Blick Art Materials $84.00 1 $84.00

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This project will reach 150 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by JPMorgan Chase Foundation and 5 other donors.

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