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Mrs. Cappelli from Fresno CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Where ART Thou, Art Books? Let's Get ART-Ish!

My students need wonderful, engaging art-themed books like Ish, Dog Loves Drawing, Chalk, and The Line, to learn that art can tell a story that surpasses words alone.

  • $394 goal

This project expired on January 11, 2015.

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My Students

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." ~ Pablo Picasso I want my students to be moved to create art by the things they learn to see in their environment.

I teach children with mild to severe special needs in a combination Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Special Day Class in a high-poverty school where 100% of the students receive free breakfast and lunch.

My students' qualifying conditions include Mild to Severe Intellectual Disability, Autism, Speech/Language Disorder, and Specific Learning Disability. Many of my students have emerging speech, some do not talk, and I may have one or two who speak in short phrases. While my students may have learning handicaps, they still have a desire to learn that is inherent in young children, and they just need the right tools to help them be successful. However, there are materials that my school just cannot provide due to cost and limited school budgets.

My Project

I will use these art-related books in read-alouds for my special needs early learners, who are at an age where imagination is most powerful and needs to be fostered and explored. Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." First and foremost, these books help create an appreciation for art that will last a lifetime. They will also encourage creative thinkers, teach social skills, and build confidence, which are developmentally key at this young age. During read-alouds, I teach my students that illustrations can help to tell a story. Using inspirational texts such as "Ish", a story about how art is what you make it, not what looks 'right'; or "Dog Loves Drawing", which sends the message that all you need to do to discover another world is to pick up a pencil, students can realize that they can tell their stories in a variety of ways. Even the wordless books "The Line" and "Chalk" can show the power of artful expression.

Read-alouds of these art-themed books with a variety of illustrations will show my students that there are many ways of expressing their stories through art.

I want my students to begin telling their own stories with their artwork and to develop well-rounded, creative thinkers of the next generation.

Mrs. Cappelli
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 12 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The First Drawing • Amazon $17.00 1 $17.00
The Pencil • Amazon $15.48 1 $15.48
Art & Max • Amazon $14.10 1 $14.10
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) • Amazon $14.05 1 $14.05
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse • Amazon $13.76 1 $13.76
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush • Amazon $13.35 1 $13.35
Let's Paint! • Amazon $13.23 1 $13.23
Dog Loves Drawing • Amazon $13.18 1 $13.18
The Line • Amazon $13.15 1 $13.15
Perfect Square • Amazon $13.09 1 $13.09
The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure • Amazon $12.64 1 $12.64
Flashlight • Amazon $12.13 1 $12.13
Lines That Wiggle • Amazon $11.41 1 $11.41
A Day With No Crayons • Amazon $11.35 1 $11.35
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon $10.75 1 $10.75
All About Faces • Amazon $10.58 1 $10.58
Not a Box • Amazon $10.07 1 $10.07
Beautiful Oops! • Amazon $10.04 1 $10.04
Mix It Up! • Amazon $9.61 1 $9.61
Chalk • Amazon $9.59 1 $9.59
Sky Color (Creatrilogy) • Amazon $9.45 1 $9.45
Ish (Creatrilogy) • Amazon $9.11 1 $9.11
The Dot • Amazon $7.74 1 $7.74

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