Help Melissa give Art to All Children

My students come to art excited and ready to learn. Throughout the year, I teach my students about specific artists to inspire their creativity. I want my students to be able to apply the art concepts they learn using the methods of our artist inspiration. My students are eager to learn the about the elements of art, artists, art vocabulary, and try out new techniques. They love when I introduce new materials to them! It gets them even more engaged!

As you know, the closings of schools and business due to COVID has impacted families across the country.
An education which includes the visual arts can bolster the outcomes of under served students by aiding in the acquisition of English skills, increasing academic achievement of students from low-income backgrounds, and expanding civic engagement. Some school districts in my area have removed specials from their curriculum entirely this school year, and have specialists teacher social studies and science instead. This leaves hundreds of students with absolutely no creative outlet. Try to imagine your school experience without the arts!

I plan to create art kits that will be taken home for creative art-making. I would like to use art as a means for healing, for comfort, and for a creative outlet during such uncertain times. Kids cannot always voice how they feel, and art helps them to cope when words cannot.

After the school closures that occurred in the spring, I was given the challenge of providing my students with art lessons using very limited resources that all students were likely to have at home.

By providing my students with supplies such as oil pastels, watercolor paints, sharpies, and paper I can open up so many doors for their creative minds!
These supplies will be a part of the art supply kits I will give to teachers throughout the area to send home with their students! The artist inside each child will greatly appreciate these art kits!
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