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Mrs. Burcheri-Vistian from Chicago IL is requesting supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Tile Portrait Art Installation

My students need clay and glazes.

  • $776 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Celebrate Black Teachers and Students

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

A typical day in my art room services from 5-6 classes. Class sizes range from 25-32 students, from Pre-K to 8th Grade. I see about 600 kids a week. Its a non-stop day of prepping materials, cleaning up, reflecting on the days lessons, and then getting ready to do it all again.

Our school is located in a very low income neighborhood in Chicago.

Many of our students only meals are eaten at school. There is much need, and the teachers make up for many things but its really difficult when you see over 600 students! You give as much as you can, and always hope for more. Before I arrived at this school many of students had never had a visual arts teacher. I have worked very hard to expose my classes to many aspects of art making. Everything is hands-on, and you will never see a "coloring sheet" in my room! We paint often, draw from observation or imagination, and last year touched clay for the first time (for many). There is much more planned for this coming year, and I know I will be dazzled. No matter how challenging a class can be, flipping through a stack of finished work and seeing a gem, makes it all worth it.

My Project

Our school is, well, vintage. It has its charm, but needs work. I have made it a personal mission to make the public spaces something staff and students can be proud of. With this project students will be making self portraits in the form of a 6"x6" tile. Students will make the slab tile, use their clay skills to make a dimensional portrait of themselves. The tiles will dry, then be bisque fired (I will provide the kiln service from my personal studio), then they will be glazed, and fired once more. The tiles will be installed on a large hallway wall. (A professional tile setter has volunteered his talents for the installation). I am estimating about 400-500 tiles.

This project will allow our students to contribute their individual project and have it be a piece of a larger puzzle.

It is going to be a visually stunning art installation, that will be bring pride and the understanding of talent and skill to those who create it. I want our students to be part of the beatification of our charming old school. With the choice of this durable material it will stand the test of time.

Mrs. Burcheri-Vistian
Grades 6-8

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amaco No. 25 White Art Clay - 50 lb • Blick Art Materials $17.95 15 $269.25
Amaco Teachers Choice Glaze - Gallon, Black • Blick Art Materials $50.14 1 $50.14
Amaco Teachers Choice Glaze - Gallon, Red • Blick Art Materials $50.14 1 $50.14
Amaco Teachers Choice Glaze - Gallon, Yellow • Blick Art Materials $50.14 1 $50.14
Amaco Teachers Choice Glaze - Gallon, Orange • Blick Art Materials $50.14 1 $50.14
Amaco Teachers Choice Glaze - Gallon, Blue • Blick Art Materials $50.14 1 $50.14
Amaco Teachers Choice Glaze - Gallon, Green • Blick Art Materials $50.14 1 $50.14
Amaco Teachers Choice Glaze - Gallon, Brown • Blick Art Materials $50.14 1 $50.14
Standard Shipping • Blick Art Materials $0.00 1 $0.00

Materials cost

$620.23

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

Sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.30

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$659.53

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$116.39

Total project goal

$775.92

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$775.92

3 Donors

-$775.92

Donations toward project cost

-$659.53

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$116.39

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$0.00

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