SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2018

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material accessible to thousands of art teachers working with zero bud- gets due to severe cutbacks in arts funding. We had to solve the inher- ent challenge in this plan: finding a source of massive numbers of free, obsolete chips. Although the paint chips are technically free in paint and big box stores, they are actually a very pricey commodity for paint manufac- turers. Paint color chips are in stores to sell paint, not to make art. Behr Paint was impressed with our idea of repurposing their throwaway commodity, putting it to excellent edu - cational use by supplying poor schools with a prime art-making material. They partnered with Fresh Artists to donate all of their obsolete paint chips, knowing we had the supply chain in place to get them into the hands of thousands of art teachers in need. (Now retired) art teacher Robyn Miller wrote the lesson plan and we designed a kit that contains enough chips in assorted colors to serve art projects for more than 200 students. We loaded the kit with examples of materials and tools and added a large, decorative polypropylene classroom wall poster showing the step-by-step process with several large samples of chip art work now in the Fresh Art- ists' Collection. Fun and Meaningful Lessons Other art teachers throughout the country got wind of our new offering and asked to help develop projects with this terrific new material, available only through Fresh Artists. Projects submitted were Islamic Tiles, Senior Self-Portraits, Portraits of Honored Elders, Healthy Food Choices (a Fresh Artists Design Lab project done in col - laboration with a graphic designer and marketing manager of an organic food Fresh Artists was determined to find a wa to make this wonderful art material accessible to thousands of art teachers working with zero budgets. cooperative), and Portraits of Art Mate- rials. Students at the Santa Fe Indian School adapted traditional Native American designs into Chip Art. Middle-school students used geometry to fashion exuberant abstract designs on cardboard substrates. Robyn's Sunflower lesson from the kit is a perennial favorite and easy to achieve success by second- through twelfth- graders. We are always interested in hearing from art teachers about the ways they've used this terrific mate - rial. Please email us with photos and a description of your lesson. How to Get a Free Chip Art Kit Fresh Artists offers the Chip Art Kit in our website shop (freshartists. org/programs/mosaic-color-chip- art). The kit is free for art teachers in qualifying schools (low-income schools where at least 70% or more of students qualify for free or reduced lunch). Refills are also free, plus ship- ping. If you are an art teacher in a nonqualifying school, you may pur- chase a kit for $45. Refills are $30. Everyone must pay the flat-rate shipping of $13.60. All can be done online and the kit usually ships within a week. You can check if your school qualifies by going to www. niche.com, clicking on K–12, finding your school, and looking for the sec- tion called "Students." The "free or reduced lunch" percentage is under the total number of students. Make a Promise Now here comes the deal. You must never take paint color sample chips from paint departments or stores. Fresh Artists will provide them to you. Forever. It is bad karma to take chips that are still in use by the paint com - panies. We promised them we would make every art teacher pinky-promise not to snitch. Promise? Fresh Artists is a national award-winning nonprofit that empowers vulnerable K–12 children as philanthropists and change makers, advocates for quality public educa - tion by displaying reproductions of their art in highly visible places, and delivers art supplies and art programs to severely underfunded public schools. W E B L I N K S www.freshartists.org Contact: info @ freshartists.org Previous page: First row, left to right: Valerie Tellez, grade six, Caleb C., grade four, Syeed Haynes, grade five, Alice Ong, grade five. Second row, left to right: Levar Johnson, grade twelve, Asjah Brown, grade twelve, Joshua H., grade twelve, Jose R., grade eight. Third row, left to right: James McCracken, grade five, Miguel Cornejo, grade two, Kiara Nixon, grade twelve, Jasper Y., grade three. Below: Schavell H., and Jalaa P. grade eight.

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