Help me give my students 365 Days of Drawing to motivate their artistic development; a variety of art books for our classroom library; and a classroom printer so we can print visual references for our artwork.
After sixteen years as an English teacher and Professional Developer, I started last year at a new school in a new content area. My new school is a medium sized high school in a large, underfunded urban district that serves a high poverty student population. Over the course of the school year, I will teach approximately two hundred students in grades 10 through 12.
Our school doesn’t have many existing resources for art instruction, so we need help in order to set up a classroom that will provide a framework for student success for all students.
I want to give my students the classroom and materials they need in order to build their art and literacy skills as effectively as possible. We need as much help as possible to do the best work possible!
This year I am starting with a very motivated group of students who are eager to develop their visual art skills, as well as students who will be new to the art classroom. Before entering my classroom, the majority of the high school students I work with haven’t had any art instruction since elementary school (if at all), so they need lots of practice with basic drawing and painting skills. I hope to use the book 365 Days of Drawing as a starting place for skill-building for these students. This wonderful, interactive book will be a creative resource they can make their own.
In addition, this project asks for a printer and ink for our classroom.
Because we are often working from visual sources and working with collage and image transfer, having a printer in our classroom will help make it possible for students to choose their own diverse source material for their artwork. Without this resource, I can have students select materials but cannot print until after class, which slows student progress.
Finally, I am asking for more books on drawing and painting to add to our classroom library of art reference materials. I want students to have access to both print and online resources to help them build their skills, so they can answer their own questions about technique through research, which will bolster their literacy skills.
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