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I teach Art here at Carnegie for about 700 Kindergarten through Eighth grade students. Before the older students enter high school, I would really like them build and improve their drawing skills. The best way this can be done is by drawing through observation. However, I have found it difficult to find enough interesting objects for them to draw, and since I do not have my own classroom, I cannot set up a still life.
Lately, many students expressed doing self-portraits. Doing a realistic self-portrait project would be an excellent way for them to become better at drawing through observation. The only thing they would need are mirrors. When I order art materials for the school, I have to order from Office Depot, who I found does not carry lightweight, durable mirrors, that would be appropriate for student use. Also, due to large class sizes at Carnegie, I would need about 35 mirrors and ordering them in bulk from other catalogers would be too costly for the art materials budget.
Having these mirrors would be an excellent tool for not only the older students, but to many more of my students as means to build and improve drawing skills. Other teachers would be able to use them as well, for other subjects such as Science or Math when students may need to observe themselves or study symmetry. Finally, the mirrors can be used for many years and the students would really enjoy having them.
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