You can print without a press but I'd urge you to
add one to your program at some point. Here is some printing
my Middle School students did:
http://www.taospaint.com/NewPress.html http://www.taospaint.com/LessonSelfPortraitPrints.html http://www.taospaint.com/LessonCollographPrint.html
As for clay, it's a must for your program. I suggest you visit
a school that has a ceramic program in place. Remember that
you don't have to do everything the first year. Start out
with a few things and get a handle on it then add something new.
One advantage you will have is getting the same students back
each year as they move from elementary through middle school.
Train them well and build on their skills as they move through
your program. You will be amazed what they will be capable of
in the end. As for clay here are some things my students did:
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> I am not trained in ceramics, but I understand that this can often be a
> huge asset to any art program. I am hoping to take a course in the near
> future. Should I ask for a kiln now or wait on it? If so, what kind
> would you recommend...something affordable and fairly easy to use? I
> know nothing about them. I figure I can always order the clay later on
> after I know what I'm doing.
> Also, should I ask for a small baby press for linoleum prints and such?