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Mr. B. from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Isn't Art Part of Education, Too?

The cost of art books such as Wake Up Your Souls, Science Art, and Ed Emberly's Drawing Book, and art supplies such as 35 sets of watercolors, drawing paper, and eight sets of colored pencils is $497, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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My class of high needs fifth graders works hard all day long: Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Math, Reading Test Practice, and Math Test Practice. Unfortunately, the arts never figure into our daily equation. Our school has an art teacher 2 days a week. However, she works only with kindergarten, first, and second grades. Why? Because these are not testing grades. The end result: no time whatsoever for any sort of art instruction, much less an art activity for older students. My students crave artistic expression. Any spare moments are spent sketching in their margins and tracing pictures from books. These students deserve a full education, not just lessons in test taking. I would like to create a working Art Center in my classroom. Each week, we will explore a different aspect of visual art through small group instruction, whole class discussion, and individual and partner activities. Students will learn about important figures in art history, become familiar with basic artistic movements, and, of course, express themselves creatively through a variety of artistic media. The Art Center will educate 23 of Brooklyn's poorest students this year, and continue to inspire future artists for years to come. This center will include: texts on important figures/movements in art history; activities that link art with Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies; and basic supplies such as washable paints, brushes, paper, pens, pastels, and pencils. Please help me give underprivileged kids a well-rounded education. Thank you so much for your consideration!

Mr. B.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wake Up Your Souls • Barnes & Noble $24.95 1 $24.95
Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper (Pkg of 100 Sheets, 24" × 36", 60 lb) • Dick Blick Art Materials $16.40 1 $16.40
The Big Messy Art Book • Teacher's School Supply $14.95 1 $14.95
Science Art • Barnes & Noble $14.95 1 $14.95
Discovering Great Artists (Discovering Great Artists) • Dick Blick Art Materials $11.43 1 $11.43
Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper (Pkg of 100 Sheets, 18" × 24", 60 lb) • Dick Blick Art Materials $8.15 1 $8.15
Ed Emberly's Drawing Book • Barnes & Noble $7.99 1 $7.99
Faber-Castell Goldfaber Studio Soft Pastels (Soft Pastels, Set of 24) • Dick Blick Art Materials $6.62 8 $52.96
Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper (Ream, 500 Sheets, 9" × 12", 50 lb) • Dick Blick Art Materials $5.94 1 $5.94
Dahle Canister Pencil Sharpener (Canister Sharpener) • Dick Blick Art Materials $3.39 5 $16.95
Prang Watercolor Sets (Square, 8-Color Set) • Dick Blick Art Materials $2.80 25 $70.00
Dick Blick Colored Pencil Sets (Colored Pencils, Set of 24) • Dick Blick Art Materials $2.71 8 $21.68
Reeves Pencil Sets (Pencils, Set of 6) • Dick Blick Art Materials $2.71 5 $13.55
Crayola Natural Hair Brush Sets (Natural Hair Brushes, Set of 8) • Dick Blick Art Materials $2.37 6 $14.22
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (Pitt Artist Pen, Black, Medium Nib) • Dick Blick Art Materials $1.35 10 $13.50
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (Pitt Artist Pen, Black, Fine Nib) • Dick Blick Art Materials $1.35 10 $13.50
Dick Blick Student Watercolor Paper (Sheet, 15" × 22", 90 lb) • Dick Blick Art Materials $0.36 100 $36.00

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