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Re: [teacherartexchange] Art supplies on a budget


Date: Wed Jul 27 2005 - 04:40:19 PDT

Hello Doug,
Weaving is a good lesson to teach and yarn can be bought for a couple
dollars for a big skein. You can make looms of varying size from
regular cardboard. Inexpensive and kids enjoy it. Hey, I've always
wanted to see the Fibonaci sequence illustrated in a weaving...
Vicki in tn

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From: Marvin Bartel <>
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Sent: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 00:28:46 -0500
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Art supplies on a budget

    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
Lines can be made very dark with less pressure than with 2H school
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
Planning lines and errors are easy to erase because less pressure is

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
removing planning lines from work after coloring, hatching, or shaded
markers, ball points, or water colors.

Marvin Bartel

Learning How to Learn How to Draw

>Hi everyone,
>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
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
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
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
>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
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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