When I taught on a cart I was always on carpet. I found that just making a
big deal about painting and the need to be extra careful was usually enough.
I had very few spills, and even then the students were so excited about
getting to paint that they were great about cleaning up those spills. With a
budget of $500 I would purchase tempera cakes, a class set of brushes (lg &
small), construction paper & oil pastels. Lots of white drawing paper. With
money being really tight, can you have each class bring one item (ex. 1st
graders all bring a box of markers, 2nd grade watercolors, - these go into
the community pot to be shared among all the classes and is a great way to
stretch your budget) If you have special "must-do" projects then order
supplies for those. I have alot of lessons on my site that are all
low-budget projects, as I've never had a great budget.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> Budget is about $500. I'll likely teach grades 2 - 5 or K - 5. I'll
> have one class of art students per day, maximum 16 - 18 students. What
> supplies would you recommend for the year?
> I have a bunch of foamie and craft supplies left from last year. I
> hesitated to do much painting last year as we had just put down new
> carpeting. Whenever I did paint, I tried to use our cafeteria in case of
> paint spills. If you have paint ideas/suggestions, please send those
> along too.