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Re:[teacherartexchange] art supplies on a budget


Date: Wed Jul 27 2005 - 06:04:35 PDT

Tip 'o the day!
I buy medium sized erasers (pink pearl or other pink Sax erasers) and I
cut them in half. My kids always look at me with wonder when I do it in
front of them. "Why do you cut those in half?" "I cut them in half
because if they disappear, we only lose half of an eraser." "oooooooh"
I can make my erasers last much longer that way. They're not free!
Kids toss them in weird places during cleanup, too, such as your colored
pencil tubs, oil pastel tubs, etc. I do have an eraser and pencil tub
in clear view on the counter. Why, oh why, do they not always put
things away in the correct bin when the correct bins are ALL in the same
Store clerks must ponder this same phenomenon when cleaning up after the
adults who shop in their stores. A life skill to teach is to put things
away IN their spot, not NEAR their spot. I do digress.

Another tip is to buy Sax Classroom Select flat brushes in the set.
These are white flat bristle brushes in a variety of sizes. One bucket
of these TOUGH brushes is about 80 bucks. While they are bristle
brushes, they work pretty well as wash brushes or for tempera. I think
you said you have 16 kids at a time, so one bucket should do fine for
you. I bought these brushes a few years ago and they do not wear out.
They have light maple colored handles. I also bought Sax Classroom
select watercolor class sets in a big bucket. They are also great
economy brushes. They last and last.
You will get some brushes in your watercolor sets if kids bring them in
for you. What you will need to add are some detail brushes.

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