My students love the act of creating. Often, they walk into class asking, “What will we be making today?” Their sense of excitement for creating is contagious! As most of my students come from low income households, my class may be the only time they will have access to specialized art supplies.
Making art and the act of creating is not only good for students' social-emotional well being, but can help students problem solve and become better learners.
Practicing artists will tell you that they rarely create great artwork without failing, revising, and experimenting with different techniques. An artist needs need to problem solve to create a product, and sometimes an artist must start over. Learning how to fail and start again is essential to being an artist.
My students need access to diverse materials that represent who they are as people and artists!
Multicultural cray-pas, skintone pencils, and portrait-color pastels will allow students to create representational artwork of themselves.
These supplies will help them foster a sense of self and feel seen as people and artists.
Brush cleaner will help care for our brushes and keep them in use for as long as possible, as well as ease cleanup of oil-based media.
Providing them with supplies that understand who they are, reflect what they look like, and how they work, will help us along that journey as young artists.
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