One thing for free that I LOVE, but will go away soon (Thanks to cell phones) is the thick telephone wire that you cut open and find all of the little colored wires inside. Those wires are great for wire sculpture.
From: Judith Decker [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 3:23 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: Essential Materials List (more added Kay)
> decent scissors, rulers, Saf-t-kut or similar rubber
> for printmaking, gouges and printing ink, 80# or
> better drawing paper, tempera paint, acrylic paint,
> Prang watercolors, decent brushes-I like the white
> nylon from Grumbacher or other brands-good for all
> kinds of paint. I am at the high school level now,
> but would use this for middle school also.
Add PrismaColor pencil for middle school and up for
sure - Their school grade are also good. I liked
Sanford Watercolor markers in 12 color sets.
Ebony pencils - Art Gum erasers (for erasing and stamp
printing - Kneaded erasers - Plaster Gauze for
sculpture - Amaco Buff Clay - Amaco glazes (or other
brand). Sculpture wire (I liked Dick BLick) - Folks
like Sax Tru-color Tempera -(chuckles) see Getty
archive for the best pencil sharpener (that hit the
list twice) - also see archives for the best glue -
but you have to have Elmers (it IS PVC Glue that we
can afford) - don't forget the brayers for
printmaking. I like fadeless paper for design projects
- glue sticks see archives for favored brand)
I gave to Kay off list - Porfoikio oil pastels
(watervase) - Tri-tex rubber cement (or othe non
toxic) - Mod-Podge - I also suggested supplying a list
of visual resources catalogs and sart supply venfdors
along with types of discounts they provide.
Kay - what would be valuable would be all of
brainstorming on what to get for FREE from the
community. I will see if I can get that started.
Sax is still your best bet for an Essential Materisl
list...although my little Dick Blick sale catalog sure
has some stuff in it that I want.
Also find out what major companies will give out a
sample of their products for teachers to try...Maybe
have your students check now so they can work on their
own "essential list" too? Try products first hand? See
what you can drum up for free - after all they are all