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Boy that is a tough one. I teach high school. Money is tight, so any free
resources are most helpful. Free paper is a great resource. I have used the
rack cards that go into the front of newspaper machines from the Los Angeles
Times for several years. It has saved thousands of dollars and made creating
art less stressful if goof ups happen. That would be my # 1 pick in the can't
live without catagory. Find a source for good free paper.Get plenty of it and
a consistant source (my garage is full at any given time). It will free up
your budget for other goodies you can't get for free.
I have never really found any videos I thought were great. The least boring to
the kids are the Georgia O'Keeffe, M.C. Escher and Maria Martinez videos. The
others are an endurance test to them. I never show those all at once. Play
some, discuss some. Preview them and make a worksheet that includes doing a
sketch.Collect it right after the video to avoid copyers.
Books are a great resource in class as well as for planning. For students to
have access to art books is very important in my opinion. I scour used book
stores, yard sales, thrift shops and friends for fine art books for the
classroom library. Students need references on how things look and ideas. I
have an on - going visual reference file for students to look up how many toe
nails an elephant has, etc. My student aids are in charge of keeping it
organized and adding to it, when I have nothing else for them to do. I have a
room full of books at home that I use to form units, but my favorites would
probably have to be Betty Edwards books and "Senectics of Design" by Roukes.
Don't forget a drying rack when your ordering stuff. It is a huge pain to find
places for 150 paintings to dry.
Porterville High School
Central Valley, California