With a limited budget, I would stick to drawing, painting, and collage work for the flat work, use clay for sculpture and pottery, and skip other crafts. Clay comes bagged and ready to use or children can dig and process local clay (can be a good way to combine art and science). As a science teacher, you will appreciate the way art experiments can teach the scientific method and scientific thinking skills.
This page tells about digging local clay
For learning to draw, I find that children appreciate Ebony Drawing pencils. Lines can be made very dark with less pressure than with 2H school pencils. Light tones are easy with a light touch. They are less expensive then professional 4B or 6B drawing pencils. They are $4 per dozen on Internet. Planning lines and errors are easy to erase because less pressure is required.
They also like the Staedtler Mars white vinyl erasers. They erase pencil lead cleanly without tearing the paper. They are $10 per dozen on Internet. I have found cheap imitations that work about the same at the local Dollar Store or Big Lots Store. With care, these can last for years. Adjacent students can share them. If I need more, I cut them in half. These erasers are perfect for removing planning lines from work after coloring, hatching, or shaded with markers, ball points, or water colors.
>I'm looking for advice on what supplies to purchase for this school year. I teach elementary math/science at a charter school where we are also responsible for teaching one special period each day. I teach art as my special (I've had art courses, worked as a photographer, and passed the state exam). At the beginning of our first year (last year), the principal/founder handed me some supplies for the year. I had hoped to be asked for a list or at least consulted before the purchase was done. Unfortunately, it didn't work that way. I'd like to approach her with a list this year - which is why I'm asking for your suggestions.
>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.
>Thanks in advance for your help! As a lurker I've gotten many great resources/ideas from this group. Thank you all so much.
>Doug in FL
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