My son was raised with an incredible love for creating art thanks to the daycare and pre-K he attended. They were dipping his feet in paint when he was still unable to walk, the creation of art started that young!
Starting Kindergarten at our local public school has also enabled my son to continue on the path of creating and enjoying art, and I give a huge amount of credit for that inspiration to my son’s art teacher, Craig K. My son started raving about this teacher early on in Kindergarten, and I was thrilled to watch his continued inspiration in a field that is so important to a child’s development and creativity. I could sense why my son was continually inspired after my first meeting with this wonderful teacher during a Kindergarten open school day.
Here is an example of the self portrait art that the children of my school are inspired to create and then show off in the cafeteria for all to see.
And then of course, in case you missed it, my son’s self portrait, what a handsome fella!
We are in our 5th year at this school, our 5th year with this full time art teacher. And I should add, my son also enjoyed one semester in the after school art squad, and now has an extra elective in the art program, animation, any extra art time is a huge plus for my son! When I was approached by The Motherhood and offered the opportunity to raise some money for my son’s public school art teacher, I naturally jumped at the chance. This is a man who’s efforts get 100% support from me, and if I can help financially, even better! Everyone knows that when there is a budget crisis, education is hit first, and you can imagine that art programs will also be hit before academics. Anything any of us can do to help is important.
The Motherhood is participating in an art funding project through Art Room Aid. Art Room Aid was created in 2009 by Blick Art Materials. It is a wonderful way for a community to participate and help fund projects for local schools: teachers can create wish lists and community members can then go on to the site and help fund these projects, everyone can get involved, no fees, and no minimums!
My son’s teacher created a wish list for a school project he does with all the grades in our elementary school, a clay unit for each grade, K-5, for one school year:
This is the teacher’s full request:
The Motherhood, through Art Room Aid, is donating $100 to this wish list, and then we are going to fund raise for more money at school. I am thrilled to be able to provide this extra support for my son’ school. And you can help if you like, our wish list is here, feel free to donate any amount you can! My son appreciates it!
You can also find something in your area and help to fund a school project! Check out Art Room Aid here!
Disclosure: This is a compensated post and my son’s school will also receive a stipend. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.