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Ms. Arrivello from Philadelphia PA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mandala Art: Illuminating the Soul

My students need 30 packs of pencils, pastel pencils, square pastels, soft erasers, rulers, blending tortillons, fixative, pencil sharpeners, white pastel pencils, and fadeless black construction paper.

  • $671 goal

This project expired on April 1, 2008.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Art Teacher for predominantly low income High School has no money for art supplies!!!

NO ART SUPPLIES!!!! Three weeks ago I was put into a new school in the heart of our city in a lovely predominantly African-American, low-income high school. I arrived and was told there was no money left to order more supplies. We have no pencils, we share a bin of crayons (amongst 5 classes of around 30). We have three rulers... you get the point. The students have been great and are very positive young adults. I have had nothing but good experiences since I came here. The kids are friendly, happy, warm and want to experience with different art materials. Their former teacher taught here for 45 years and would only do lettering projects with them! They need some more exposure... please help!

This is a project I've done in the past and all students took off and loved it. It's based in design, abstract art, and decorative art. It's something that all students can succeed at and has also been used in art therapy. Many of our students have experienced crime related deaths in the family and economical struggles and I know they can benefit from this healing project. The Mandala is a circular design and can be found in many different cultures throughout the world. Tibetan monks create sand mandalas and then blow them away to suggest life's impermanence. It can be seen as a symbol of circles of life, family, community, seasons, galaxies, etc. The main objective is to use white pastel on black paper and try to create the illusion of light coming from the center illuminating the mandala. Students use organic or geometric shapes in a repetitive design inside a circular form. The results are always unique to the individual and stunning to behold.

Please give the necessary funds to help these children not only have a wonderful experience with the art materials, but also to go inside themselves and divulge they're inner intangible light and love onto paper.

Ms. Arrivello
Grades 9-12
  • University City High School
  • Philadelphia, PA
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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9 donors9 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 120 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Conte® Crayon Pencils, White • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $2.49 30 $74.70
Riverside™ Construction Paper, 24" x 36" – 50-Sheet Pkg. of Black • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $12.35 7 $86.45
12" Clear, Flexible Plastic Rulers • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.19 30 $35.70
Factis® Extra Soft White Magic™ Erasers • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $15.79 3 $47.37
Derwent Pastel Pencils, 12-Color Set • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $21.99 4 $87.96
School Smart™ Hand-Held Pencil Sharpener, Box of 24 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.99 3 $5.97
Prismacolor® Matte Fixatives • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $7.19 1 $7.19
Blending Tortillons, Medium, 3-1/8" x 5/16" • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $0.99 20 $19.80
24-Stick Pastel Set • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $7.79 4 $31.16
Ticonderoga® Ecology Pencils, No. 2 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.79 30 $53.70

Materials cost

$450.00

Vendor shipping charges

$45.00

State sales tax

$27.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.25

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$550.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$120.73

Total project goal

$670.73

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$670.73

9 Donors

-$607.35

Donations toward project cost

-$550.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$57.35

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$63.38

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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