I teach 7-12 art at an Ohio charter school - I've been here since it opened almost 6 years ago. I remember it being both exciting and scary to start something "brand new"! This group has helped me greatly all along, even though I've mostly been a "lurker".
As far as supplies go, I would say definitely invest in one of the steel, spring-loaded drying racks if you can - my student teaching placement had one, and it was great! However, when I opened my art room, I chose a printing press as my "big ticket" purchase, and have always used the old typeset racks that were left in our building (old vocational high school), retrofitted with pull-out shelves.
Good luck - have fun creating something new!
-Lydia Horvath in Toledo
ps a website called Artsonia (www.artsonia.com) is a neat way to get student art published on the internet without having to create/maintain your own website. Also, kids can order stuff with their art on it, and your art dpt. gets a little cut! If you want, you can see my students' work under Alliance Academy of Toledo.
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To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2005 11:03 AM
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!