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Re: "typical" art budget?


Date: Sat Jul 24 2004 - 05:55:03 PDT

hmmmm I have 600+ elementary students, once a week art, $2400.00. I feel
that my budget is very good because
1. I have been in this school forever, and have added non consumable items
gradually over the thirty years.
2. I have an INCREDIBLE parent base so I do not really have to buy much in
the way of yarn, cloth remnants, mat board, etc etc due to the serendipity of
3. I am a choice-based teacher, so that I do not need, for instance, enough
really good quality paint brushes for the entire class to use at once. I can
buy a few nice high end pieces of equipment (or nice watercolor paper, for
instance) for the very interested students who choose to work in depth in that
4. The artist search is an essential part of my program so that students,
doing the real work of the artist, are expected to continually look for the
ingredients of their art work outside of my classroom--and most of them do, coming
to class, as George Szekely, says "with pockets full."
5. My program has so much flexibility that if I get an interesting donation I
can offer it immediately and for as long as the particular material year I got a pickup load of small square plexiglas color samples. They
provided a sculpture material (great for experiencing both balance and patience)
for about six years. They are gone now.
Best of luck to you in your new teaching situation!
Katherine Douglas