I am sorry to hear about your financial situation at school.
As far as getting donations~
Send out a wish list to the parents. I send one out each year and get loads
of stuff. One parent owns a sign company and she supplies me with colored
sticky paper. A couple of years ago I got a sewing machine. (yup, I put it on
Another parent owns a frame shop and I get loads of mat board and foamcore
One parent used to sell Avon (makeup company among other things) and she
gave me boxes and boxes off new jewelry. I cut the necklaces apart and we
used the beads. A parent at a summer program I used to teach at provided me
with plaster gauze to make masks. I think he was a doctor.(I wish his
daughter went to my school)
Visit the local stores in your area. Sherwin-Williams donated paint to my
program one year. Supermarkets can supply you with paper bags and styrofoam
trays.(for printmaking) Liquor stores always have cardboard.(you can use
these for looms).
Attend a PTA meeting and explain what is happening in the art room and
perhaps they will give you a monetary donation.
Good luck. It's too bad we have to be resourceful in tough times but that is
reality. My budget gets cut by 50% for the 2nd year in a row.