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Mrs. Rolfe-Denuit from Phoenix AZ is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Paint and Paper and Sparkle!

My students need a variety of unique, and some sparkly, art supplies to create beauty!

  • $365 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work on a large campus with two main buildings. The primary building houses six hundred students, grades K - 6. The intermediate building has four hundred 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade students. We are a Title I school with a large population of English Language Learners. Many of my kids come from challenging home lives and struggle with personal and academic issues, so many of them don't have the simplest art materials at home - crayons, scissors, markers, etc.

Recent changes in public education have resulted in many hours of testing for grades K-6.

I consider it a great privilege to be able to provide my students with the opportunity to experiment with unique, quality art materials and learn to use them to express themselves and break up their day with some artistic creativity. I love it when they tell me they are asking for paints and art supplies for birthdays, etc. I know they've discovered the artist within themselves, and it gives them joy.

My Project

Personally, I do love to watercolor paint and it's a joy to share this with my students. The watercolor refills are an economical way to get just the colors we need. You really can't paint with water on regular paper, so we definitely need the watercolor paper pads for some of our more involved watercolor projects. Sixth graders design their own sarcophagus in watercolor and ink in conjunction with their unit on ancient Egypt. They learn and practice creating hieroglyphics and various watercolor techniques. Fifth grade learns to use masking to paint a birch tree landscape. (These impress everyone, every year)!

Almost every project is a bit more dramatic with a little sparkle of gold or silver!

Fifth graders use the oil pastels for colorful treescapes and these packs of pastels include silver and gold based on Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life painting. We will use the metallic pastels in a couple other grades, as well. The metallic pens help us make some beautiful borders on our Klimt trees and we use them to add designs around our copper tooled Mayan suns which supports the sixth grade's ancient civilization unit in social studies. Likely, I'll find some other fun things to sparkle up with those pens, too! I think the littler artists will enjoy the metallic crayons.I know the third grade can use them for the moons in their pumpkin patch paintings, where they learn to create depth of space in a landscape. It is really a lot of fun to plug in a little shine in our regular projects!

We use the tempera paint for so many projects in every grade level. I find the Blick brand are really the best for color and mixing.

Mrs. Rolfe-Denuit
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 500 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PAPER WATERCOLOR 300 SERIES 140LB 9X12 24 SHEET • School Specialty $6.88 7 $48.16
CRAYONS METALLIC GEL SET OF 6 • School Specialty $6.24 6 $37.44
21388-1039-Sharpie Metallic Fine Point Marker - Assorted, Pkg of 3 • Blick Art Materials $4.68 6 $28.08
20013-5009-Sakura Cray-Pas Junior Artist Oil Pastels - Set of 50 Assorted Colors • Blick Art Materials $7.25 3 $21.75
CHALK PAPER PAD TRU RAY 9X12 40 SHEETS • School Specialty $2.76 5 $13.80
21101-2007-Blick Black Cat Waterproof India Ink - Quart • Blick Art Materials $12.60 1 $12.60
20508-4761-Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil - Metallic Gold • Blick Art Materials $1.24 10 $12.40
PAINT VIOLET WATERCOLOR OVAL REFILL PK/6 • School Specialty $2.83 3 $8.49
PAINT RED WATERCOLOR OVAL REFILLS PK/6 • School Specialty $2.83 3 $8.49
00011-4216-Blick Premium Grade Tempera - Fluorescent Yellow, Pint • Blick Art Materials $8.14 1 $8.14
PAINT ORANGE WATERCOLOR OVAL REFILL PK/6 • School Specialty $2.83 2 $5.66
00011-3006-Blick Premium Grade Tempera - Red, Pint • Blick Art Materials $5.63 1 $5.63
00011-8006-Blick Premium Grade Tempera - Brown, Pint • Blick Art Materials $5.63 1 $5.63
00011-6506-Blick Premium Grade Tempera - Violet, Pint • Blick Art Materials $5.63 1 $5.63
00011-5006-Blick Premium Grade Tempera - Blue, Pint • Blick Art Materials $5.63 1 $5.63
00011-4506-Blick Premium Grade Tempera - Orange, Pint • Blick Art Materials $5.63 1 $5.63

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