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Ms. Wenck from Des Moines IA is requesting supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Opening the Door to Creativity Through Pottery

My students need these ceramic tools and supplies in order to be able to expand their abilities with the subject of clay and to experience the therapeutic aspect of throwing pottery on a clay wheel.

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My Students

My students are part of a low-income, high poverty, and very diverse school. They are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Because of the complex home lives they come from, I am working to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences in the art room.

My students are creative, smart and very energetic.

They like to learn new things, they love to create and love lots of positive attention. Many of them receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. Multiple circumstances may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". In my classroom I try to expose them to as many art subjects as I can during the time I have them in class. This provides them the opportunity to experience things they might not otherwise get to experience. My room has become a place to try new things, share ideas, and feel accepted.

My Project

Students will be using the pottery wheels and ceramic tools to create their own unique clay pottery and sculptures. Clay was brought back to their curriculum only a year and a half ago when I took the position as the art teacher in their school. The excitement and creativity that resulted in being able to use this new art subject was incredible to see. Recently we had a local clay artist come in to visit our classroom and show us the process of throwing pottery on a wheel. Some of the students were able to try throwing while she was visiting. The engagement and interest in throwing pottery was very high. In a world where teenagers are constantly distracted with social media and all the other things they are exposed to, it was encouraging to see their interest in an art form that was hands on. Being able to use a pottery wheel will help them connect how art can have a function and understand the process of how things are made in a more direct way. The process is also very therapeutic in nature so it will be fun to see how different students react to working on it.

Ms. Wenck
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
30041-1001 - Shimpo VL-Lite Pottery Wheel • Blick Art Materials $775.00 2 $1,550.00
34204-1009 - Deluxe Pottery Tools - Set of 27 • Blick Art Materials $67.99 1 $67.99
surcharge • Blick Art Materials $15.00 1 $15.00
30332-1005 - Kemper Pot Lifts • Blick Art Materials $9.17 1 $9.17
30314-1001 - RUBBER FINISHNG TOOL SOFT LRG PK • Blick Art Materials $3.02 2 $6.04
30314-1002 - RUBBER FINISHNG TOOL HARD LRG PK • Blick Art Materials $3.02 2 $6.04

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