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Ms. Blaire from Hempstead TX is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Supplies to Learn The Lost Art of Calligraphy!

Help me give my students the chance to learn the lost art of hand calligraphy!

  • $322 goal

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My Students

Our school is in a very rural setting of Texas in a small town. Most students that come to our school are from an economically disadvantaged background. This, however, does not extinguish their curiosity or love of art - just the opposite.

Most students that come into my room have hope in their eyes and want to explore different mediums.

I think that art can be a great escape from any troubles they may be facing. They love creating art in my room and many times are so proud that they give their finished piece to a loved one as a gift.

Our school falls into one of the counties that were affected by Harvey a year ago. While our school was not affected, I know many families still recovering. Any addition to the art room can brighten their days and outlooks!

My Project

I would LOVE to teach my students how to do hand calligraphy! I have been creating calligraphy at the professional level for over 20 years, and my students ask me on a DAILY basis to pen their names in loopy swirly calligraphy. I asked them if they would like me to teach them and they said YESSSS! Most do not even know how to write in cursive, so we will be starting at the very beginning. I just can't bare to think of future generations not being able to read our own Declaration of Independence! I will also teach them about the business of calligraphy, and if they practice enough, they can have a profitable little business!!

I requested a variety of materials/tools to teach my students the lost arts of hand calligraphy and gilding.

Without these tools, they would not be very successful. I requested pen holder, specialty nibs, india ink, gold leaf, silver leaf, rose gold leaf, sizing for leaf, paper towels (ink can be MESSY, and the brown paper towels don't always cut it in the art room), tracing paper, etc. By using the appropriate materials, I will be setting my students for success.

I am hoping by teaching my students hand calligraphy and gilding, they will be future lettering aficionados. At least they should be able to sign their own name with confidence!

(Our school is in an area that was affected by Hurricane Harvey last year. I am hoping this will brighten their day and perhaps give them another outlet to express their feelings)

Ms. Blaire
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dr. Ph. Martin's Synchromatic Transparent Water Color, 0.5 oz, Set of 14 (Student Art Set) • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Speedball H9455 Oblique Pen Point Holder (ANH9455) • Amazon Business $1.98 24 $47.52
Speedball Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Adhesive For Gold, Silver Leafing – Water-Based, Made in USA – 32 Ounces (10217) • Amazon Business $29.42 1 $29.42
Zebra Comic G Model Chrome Pen Nib, 10 Nibs (1 Pack) (PG-6B-C-K) • Amazon Business $8.12 3 $24.36
Brawny Tear-A-Square Paper Towels, 12 Rolls, 12 = 24 Regular Rolls, 3 Sheet Size Options, Quarter Size Sheets • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Speedball Super Black India Ink, 1 Quart • Amazon Business $17.55 1 $17.55
A4 Size Artist’s Tracing Paper, 8.3 x 11.5 inch, 100 Sheets-Translucent Sketching and Tracing Paper for Pencil, Marker and Ink, Lightweight • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Shappy 300 Sheets Leaf Imitation Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf, Rose Gold Leaf for Arts, Gilding Crafting, Decoration, Furniture, 5.5 by 5.5 Inches • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79

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