Staci: after you make your supply order, consider making a cool looking newsletter to the parents introducing yourself and your upcoming program. And highlight "things that money can't buy" My parents are so wonderful for sending in yarn and cloth remnants, ribbon, fancy paper and so on. Some contributions go very quietly into the trash, but most of them are life savers and stimulants to the art program. We artists are scroungers, aren't we! Actually the ART EDUCATION artical referenced earlier by George Szekely, has a large focus on students bringing in their own art media. I recommend that for summer reading and inspiration. And by the way, if you write to George (I think his email is at the end of the article) he will mail you a copy of the video for free. It is wonderful.
good luck to you in your new job. it is the best job in the world.
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Sent: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 11:03:25 -0400
Subject: [teacherartexchange] New teacher here!
Hi, I just signed up here. I have just been hired for my first teaching job...a K-8 art teacher at a new charter school. Because the school is new, and because I have no experience, I could use some help, really any advice at all...but right now I'm in the process of creating my supply list. I was given a catalog and asked to make a list. Right now, there is no equipment, no supplies. I am starting from scratch. It's kind of a daunting task. I'm having trouble even picking out paints and papers. If any of you have any ideas, favorite brands, equipment and shelving that has worked well for you, cheap solutions, things I can't live without...I'd love to hear them. Thanks so much in advance!