with regard to teaching standards.....art lessons do not need to be complicated in lots of bells and whistles to meet these requirements. For instance, with a simple drawing lesson you can hit 3-5 standards. If you introduce an artist, his/her work, discuss how it is relevant to the student, and have the subject matter be relevant. Also, be creative with your materials. Clay is cheap...if you have a kiln. If you do not have a kiln...found object sculpture is free!
I have to say, I have a very generous budget...but I am also amazed at how far some of you are able to stretch your budgets by being creative. One person was telling me that a great source for acetate is a hospital. When they do x-rays, they was off the acetate after and throw it away! Corregated cardboard, which can be used for a variety of things...including wonderful masks....is free. Just have your custodian collect it for you. Or just collect it yourself. Collect flowers when they are in bloom and press them...free and really beautiful when used in handmade paper. (which can be made from scrap paper or news print) You all know this...I am preaching to the converted.
The standards are not so much about materials as they are about getting teachers to design well rounded lessons that are not just about art production.