Sixteen 12" hardwood manikins, one anatomical skeleton (w/ stand), and sixteen human figurines from Dick Blick will cost $332, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
Young children love to draw. Give them paper, crayons, or markers and they can have fun for hours. But as children get older, they become frustrated with the way their pictures look. "It doesn't look right." What used to be free and flowing becomes stiff and tight. For many, their drawings never change from 4th grade through their adult years. Stick figures everywhere! Many children never pass beyond this stage because they were never taught how to draw. They feel they did not inherit the "drawing gene." But what they really needed was the opportunity to learn to see. Drawing isn't magic if you have the right tools and to draw people you need mirrors and manikins. We have plenty of mirrors for drawing faces, but really need flexible manikins to see how the parts of the body work together to allow us to run and jump. I have one small manikin in my classroom, but it can only be used by a few students during the class period. It is wonderful to see how art can help students make connections with other academic areas in the school. Manikins help students see the mathematical proportions in the human body and how bones and muscles combine to allow a person to move. Students don't often see how much they learn while they are drawing. They just see how their drawing looks realistic. I am an art teacher in a Title 1 elementary school where every week I see every student in Kindergarten throught the 5th grade. The purchase of 16 wooden manikins, 16 plastic flexible plastic human figure templates and one 16 inch skeleton would allow students to work in pairs to study and to draw. These items would be used by every student in my school several times a year for many years to come. Please consider helping 650 students become better artists and prevent the spread of embarassing adult stick figure drawings!
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|ANATOMICAL SKELETONS MINI HUMAN W/STAND • Dick Blick||$15.80||1||$15.80|
|HUMAN FIGURINE TEMP LARGE • Dick Blick||$7.64||16||$122.24|
|BLICK HRDWD MANIKINS MALE 12IN • Dick Blick||$5.58||16||$89.28|
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