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Mrs. Ericksen from Peoria IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let’s Read About Art

Help me give my students books about the elements of art and famous artists!

  • $512 goal

This project expired on December 10, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students live in a high poverty area on the south side of Peoria, Illinois. Ninety percent of my students live in single-parent homes, receive free breakfast and lunch, struggle to dress appropriately for school and lack transportation to get around. I will have approximately 400 energetic, loving and creative artist come to my art class, this year. I have the privilege to teach art to students in grades K-4.

Every student that walks in my door, should receive countless opportunities to make amazing art!

The students that I teach are energetic, creative and very deserving of the appropriate art supplies to complete their projects. My students absolutely love to create with oil pastels, paint and other mediums. Many of them have never used some of these materials before, and it's truly a joy to watch.

My students are eager to learn new art techniques and learn about famous artists. Art is so important for our students, because is boosts creativity and enhances critical thinking. Our kids are serious about their art projects and tell me how excited they are to come to class. They learn from each other as we tackle new project each week.

My Project

"Let's Read About Art", will grow our art room library significantly. I will be able access countless book titles related to art and artists, to tie into weekly lessons. I also feel that having these types of books on hand as a resource will create countless opportunities for our schools young budding artists. Reading literacy levels will be positively impacted, by broadening the scope of titles that are available to primary art students. Students will be given the opportunity to use these books as secondary resources for other projects they are working on at school.

To instill a love for reading, it is imperative that students have access to grade-level appropriate books that represent a variety of artistic subjects.

With creative and specific literature, my students will develop an inclusive and thoughtful worldview of the arts while reading about various artists and art making techniques.

Mrs. Ericksen
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 395 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Collage Workshop for Kids: Rip, snip, cut, and create with inspiration from The Eric Carle Museum • Amazon Business $17.43 1 $17.43
The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring tale of Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen • Amazon Business $17.36 1 $17.36
Monsters Love Colors • Amazon Business $15.70 1 $15.70
Art • Amazon Business $15.44 1 $15.44
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Klimt and His Cat • Amazon Business $15.22 1 $15.22
An Artist Once Said: An Inspiration Book • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood • Amazon Business $14.28 1 $14.28
The Great Wave: A Children's Book Inspired by Hokusai • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
The Line • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
Henri's Scissors • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Draw, Paint, Sparkle: Creative Projects from an Elementary Art Teacher • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls' Guide to Disney Animation • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Keith Haring Pop Art 123! • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Sticks • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Too Much Glue • Amazon Business $12.81 1 $12.81
Spots • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Splatter • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
The Cat and the Bird: A Children's Book Inspired by Paul Klee • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
The Magical Tree: A Children's Book Inspired by Gustav Klimt • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Never Let a Princess Paint with Her Unicorn! • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
The Story of Paintings: A History of Art for Children • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
Camille and the Sunflowers (Anholt's Artists) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40
Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail (Anholt's Artists Books For Children) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Action Jackson • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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