I teach middle schools and work on a very tight budget also. I let everyone know how much the kids would appreciate it if we had some donations to make the art experience worthwhile . I asked fellow teachers, the parent team, the local wallpaper and upholstery shop, hardware store, and so on. I also explored grants and minigrants to supplement as well as the collection of Campbell Soup Labels . I ahve received so many generous donations that I can't begin to tell you of them all. In fact so much that I was able to share with other art teachers in fact had to because I was running out of room to put the stuff. The chllenge is of course to figure out what you can make with some of it but I like that part because I began to amaze myself at the things I could come up with. I think it would be interesting to hear what others have come up with from donated items. I will compile and share some of my ideas as well.
Deb from Hoppin Kent ( the students are back) ohio
--- On Fri 08/05, debbie nicholas < email@example.com > wrote:
From: debbie nicholas [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 20:18:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] I'm about to cry...
Most middle school students are used to bringing<br>pencils and colored pencils for other classes so there<br>should not be much of a problem. They will probably<br>only have #2 pencils and hopefully they will have a<br>brand of colored pencil other than Rose Art. If you<br>have a paper mill nearby they will usually give you<br>lots of paper. I have gotten boxes of pencils, again<br>only #2, from banks or credit unions. Join your state<br>art organization and attend the state conference and<br>you can pick up posters at very reasonable prices. I<br>have gone as far has have students draw with charcoal<br>briquets (sp?). I know that is crazy but the supplies<br>hadn't arrived and I wanted to do a project with<br>charcoal. Just a few suggestions.<br><br>debbie<br><br>--- StacieMich@aol.com wrote:<br><br>> Okay, I know that some of you work with a very small<br>> budget...so I need some <br>> creative solutions. I got my art supplies today. <br>> After two weeks of <br>>
bothering you guys and everyone else i knew and<br>> researching to come up with a huge <br>> list of needs and a list of watns, this is all I<br>> have to work with for the year:<br>> <br>> class set of crayons<br>> 6 boxes chalk pastels<br>> class set of oil pastels<br>> some erasers<br>> small construction paper (9X12)<br>> tissue paper<br>> 18X24 cheap drawing paper, newsprint and manila<br>> paper<br>> small stack of 18X24 watercolor paper<br>> tempera paint<br>> tempera cakes: 8 trays<br>> small group of brushes<br>> glue<br>> scissors<br>> india ink<br>> pens<br>> skinny markers<br>> THAT'S IT!! That's all I have to start off an art<br>> program!<br>> <br>> that's about it. They didn't even get me drawing<br>> pencils!!! What good are <br>> the erasers?<br>> I'm so upset about this. I feel like I"m going to<br>> have a Mickey mouse art <br>> class. I mean, no pencils, no charcoal, no clay,<br>> none of the art posters to <br>> hang up, one little set of
brushes!!! I guess I'll<br>> have to send home a supply <br>> list so they can at least get pencils and colored<br>> pencils, but I don't think <br>> these parents have much money. What do you guys<br>> suggest? I start with the <br>> middle schoolers. I'm collecting cardboard to have<br>> them make portfolios. I guess <br>> they can cover them with newspaper or color them<br>> with crayons. I'm <br>> embarrassed. Any amazing solutions? <br>> <br>> Thanks, Stacie<br>> <br>> ---<br>> To unsubscribe go to <br>><br>http://www.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/unsubscribe.html >> <br><br><br>__________________________________________________<br>Do You Yahoo!?<br>Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around <br>http://mail.yahoo.com <br><br>---<br>To unsubscribe go to <br>http://www.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/unsubscribe.html >