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Ms. Roman from Meriden CT is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

I Don't Think You're Ready for This Gelli!

Help me give my students gelli printing materials so they can creatively express their self-identities!

  • $997 goal

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My Students

The students in our school community (grades 9-12) are wonderfully unique. They encompass a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, and ideas all of which help create a diverse learning environment.

Many of our students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and do not have access to the privileges that many teenagers take for granted.

Our students, like all students, deserve learning opportunities and access to information to help them become successful, contributing members of society. Our students are full of passion, energy, and excitement. They take pride in their successes, especially when overcoming obstacles.

My Project

I teach a Young Adult Literature course with a heavy emphasis on individual identity. Students get to choose the books that they read. I try to offer a variety of texts through which every student can make personal connections to their own identities while developing a greater sense of self through exploration of the characters. I also have the good fortune of having a fine arts teacher in our school assist in our classroom two to three times a week. Her creative, artistic energy has opened up new ideas of infusing the idea of self-identity through creative expression.

Combining visual arts with studies in humanities can offer a rich opportunity for students to explore and express identity.

Gelli printing is a very forgiving and accessible form of visual arts, opening a doorway to experimentation of art materials while reflecting on how to visually represent and express one’s identity. It is a trendy and current form of printmaking that affords endless creative possibilities, making it a perfect medium for student in an English class. Gelli printing is a perfect medium for a literature class because it doesn't require prior knowledge or skill. Anyone can explore, get creative, and have fun while communicating ideas learned in literature to an artistic representation of self-identity.

Students will be able to bring in objects from their lives and printouts of silhouettes of images important to them combined with the objects listed (ex: stencils and feathers) to add texture and interest. Students use the plates, paint, and objects to create layers of interest that press and transfer to paper - all of which will tell a story about who they are. And the best part...they're reusable! Students can use the gelli plates and most of the supplies in future classes in future years!

Ms. Roman
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
37841-1266-Gel Press Printing Plate - 6" x 6", Class Pack of 12 • Blick Art Materials $129.59 2 $259.18
37841-1066-Gel Press Printing Plate - 6" x 6" • Blick Art Materials $11.99 5 $59.95
40104-1002-Speedball Soft Rubber Brayer - 2" • Blick Art Materials $8.50 7 $59.50
00617-1029-Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylics - Studo Set, Set of 6 colors, 2 oz tubes • Blick Art Materials $28.17 2 $56.34
10420-0009-Japansese Paper - Assorted, 10 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $34.59 1 $34.59
10714-1003-Daler-Rowney Charcoal Paper - 11-3/4" x 16-1/2", Assorted, Pad, 30 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $21.59 1 $21.59
13307-1017-Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Pad - 14" x 17", Smooth, 20 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $9.67 2 $19.34
63987-1005-Design Works Unbleached Muslin - 45" x 5 yds • Blick Art Materials $16.55 1 $16.55
01654-5182-Utrecht Artists'' Acrylic Paint - Cerulean Blue Chromium, 2 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $12.63 1 $12.63
01654-4532-Utrecht Artists'' Acrylic Paint - Cadmium Orange, 2 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $12.63 1 $12.63
Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Fresh Scent, 480 Count, Flip-Top Packs • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
01618-6923-Golden Open Acrylics - Permanent Violet Dark, 2 oz Tube • Blick Art Materials $11.11 1 $11.11
01618-3623-Golden Open Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta, 2 oz Tube • Blick Art Materials $11.11 1 $11.11
01618-4993-Golden Open Acrylics - Nickel Azo Yellow, 2 oz Tube • Blick Art Materials $9.98 1 $9.98
Creative Hobbies 10 Pack of 3-1/2 Inch Round Synthetic Silk Sponges for Painting, Crafts, Ceramics, Household Use & More! Pack of 10 Sponges • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
22795-1010-Roylco Jumbo Stencil Set - Nature, Set of 10 • Blick Art Materials $9.43 1 $9.43
01654-3072-Utrecht Artists'' Acrylic Paint - Alizarin Crimson Hue, 2 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $9.09 1 $9.09
01654-6202-Utrecht Artists'' Acrylic Paint - Quinacridone Violet, 2 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $9.09 1 $9.09
00624-9014-Blick Artists'' Acrylic - Iridescent Gold, 4.65 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $8.59 1 $8.59
00624-1064-Blick Artists'' Acrylic - Iridescent White, 4.65 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $8.59 1 $8.59
01618-7093-Golden Open Acrylics - Sap Green Hue, 2 oz Tube • Blick Art Materials $8.05 1 $8.05
01618-5743-Golden Open Acrylics - Phthalo Blue (Red Shade), 2 oz Tube • Blick Art Materials $8.05 1 $8.05
450 Pcs Feathers Colorful Feathers Crafts for DIY Craft Wedding Home Party Decorations, 10 Colors • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
22795-1015-Roylco Jumbo Stencil Set - Gears, Set of 15 • Blick Art Materials $7.99 1 $7.99
01618-5073-Golden Open Acrylics - Teal, 2 oz Tube • Blick Art Materials $7.45 1 $7.45
01618-4713-Golden Open Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Medium, 2 oz Tube • Blick Art Materials $7.45 1 $7.45
01654-7912-Utrecht Artists'' Acrylic Paint - Turquoise, 2 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $7.36 1 $7.36
01654-7112-Utrecht Artists'' Acrylic Paint - Chromium Oxide Green, 2 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $7.36 1 $7.36
01618-2563-Golden Open Acrylics - Paynes Gray, 2 oz Tube • Blick Art Materials $6.85 1 $6.85
Tolco Empty Spray Bottle 8 oz. Frosted Assorted Colors (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
01654-8052-Utrecht Artists'' Acrylic Paint - Burnt Umber, 2 oz tube • Blick Art Materials $5.82 1 $5.82
38152-2003-The Crafter''s Workshop Stencil - Random Stars, 6" x 6" • Blick Art Materials $4.58 1 $4.58
32709-1043-Mayco Designer Stencils - 6" x 6", Twirls • Blick Art Materials $3.99 1 $3.99
32709-1063-Mayco Designer Stencils - 6" x 6", Fence • Blick Art Materials $3.99 1 $3.99
32709-1023-Mayco Designer Stencils - 6" x 6", Fern Leaf • Blick Art Materials $3.99 1 $3.99
32709-1013-Mayco Designer Stencils - 6" x 6", Curlicues • Blick Art Materials $3.99 1 $3.99
32709-1033-Mayco Designer Stencils - 6" x 6", Groovy • Blick Art Materials $3.99 1 $3.99

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