More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Gustav Klimt's Trees of Life, Energetic, Bold, and Bright.
My students need a class set of oil pastels, a fun material that enables them to mix and blend colors effectively, leaving stunning results.
Save Junior High Art! Not only have elementary schools lost arts funding, junior highs are losing art teachers and arts programs. Through hands-on experience, students learn to make decisions about how they will create an art work, leading to critical looking, thinking, and creativity.
My students live in poor and high crime neighborhoods, helicopters fly every night, and they fear walking to and from school, their parents work wondering if their child will arrive home safe.
Our school is a good and safe place, and all staff cares for our students. They struggle academically, many are English learners. Our teachers volunteer in after school tutoring serving hundreds of students a day, five days a week. Our school is Title 1, seventy-five percent or more students receive free or reduced lunch. Students are disadvantaged in many ways, it would be sad if they received a disadvantaged art program. My goal is to offer an art program where students work in a variety of material and learn about artists that they may not encounter on their own.
I am requesting oil pastels to be used for eleven class sections. I currently have 197 students that will switch to another class at the end of the semester; I will receive another 150 students. I serve about 350 students a year. Oil pastels allow students to mix new colors, and to shade and add textures with ease. In this assignment, students will learn about the life of Gustav Klimt, a famous artist in history. They will learn about his stylistic approach and his famous "Trees of Life" paintings. Students will have the freedom to create their own unique trees of life using pastels. Most of my students do not have an art background, some may have access to resources outside of school that enable them to engage in visual art, but even those students are novices. Students need exposure to a wide variety of visual arts experiences and materials. They need to learn different strategies, techniques, and methods that allow them to be engaged creatively.
This donation will enable my students to work with a material normally not available.
It would allow me to teach about an important artist in modern times, and design methods that I would not normally teach. This donation will make a broad impact on students interested in acquiring art materials, but find it difficult to get to an art store, or find the cost of art supplies intimidating. By donating to this project, students receive needed opportunities, rare in our current economic climate.
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