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My name is Debra Kozak and I just joined the Arts Educators list as well
as ArtsEdNetTalk. I have been a professional artist for over 20 years.
I have taught a wide range of subjects at various arts organizations and
in my studio. My students have ranged in age from 6 to 86. I will be
implementing an art program at my daughter's parochial school in the
fall. I do not currently have state certification but will be working
toward it during the next year. I have some knowledge of standard
methods and procedures in art education as I worked at a
major unversity in its art education/teaching certification program. I
have joined the NAEA, am purchasing some of their publications, and
intend to access as many resources in art education as I can.
Now, here is where I need some help or advice. Since the school where I
will be teaching has never had an art education program, I need to start
from scratch. The art room layout is not a pressing matter yet.
However, I have been requested to provide the school with a list of art
supplies by the beginning of May. I realize that the types of materials
I want to procure will depend in part on the projects that I assign. I
am already writing a letter to the student's parents that will introduce
me and request specific items that I would like the parents to gather
over the summer to provide me with some of the "found" or "free"
materials I could use. I also intend to ask for donations from various
businesses in my community. The advice I need, though, is how much
drawing paper, construction paper, poster paints, watercolors, etc., do
I need to purchase to give me adequate supplies for this first year? Or
what sort of basic budget do you think would be reasonable and
sufficient for starting a new program? The school has approximately 400
I realize that this is asking a lot but any suggestions or advice you
can offer would be deeply appreciated.
St. Mary School
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