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Re:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: May 13, 2011

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emmi_80_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat May 14 2011 - 07:17:24 PDT


I don't have a budget at the middle school. They tell me to get whatever I need, but we are a rarity
 I know. At the elementary it's $400.

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On May 14, 2011, at 2:01 AM, "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group digest" <teacherartexchange@lists.pub.getty.edu> wrote:

> TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Friday, May 13, 2011.
>
> 1. What is your Art Budget
> 2. Re: What is your Art Budget
> 3. RE: What is your Art Budget
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> Subject: What is your Art Budget
> From: Kimberly Butts <kimberly.butts@gmail.com>
> Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 17:27:57 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 1
>
> Hi everybody. I was signed up for TeacherArtExchange many years ago
> and sorta lost touch and stopped posting or reading posts. I would
> really like to get back into the loop now if I can.
>
> I have been at a new school for nearly 2 years now and I have a budget
> of $100 to fund an art program for about 350+ students. The art room
> (somehow) seemed pretty well stocked when I got there so I have been
> trying to just use what we already had. However, I have found that by
> funds are gone just replacing dried up markers and stubby crayons each
> year. I turn my big art show into a fundraiser by working with Kids
> Art Fairs (selling frames). While that bring in some additional funds
> I still feel like I am scrounging get what I need and adjusting my
> plans to use less of the few materials (clay) I have left. I have
> also discovered that the stockpile of clay is terrible (for some
> reason - maybe brand) this clay seems to dry within about 2-3 minutes
> of being exposed to air (even when the air is not too dry). With this
> budget I can not justify getting rid of the bad clay and buying
> anything better. So, I'm trying to come up with lesson that can be
> completed super-quick and with small amounts of clay.
>
> Anyway...my point is...I need to get a better idea of what a
> reasonable elementary art budget is for 350+ kids. I need to address
> the issue with my principal before the situation becomes even more
> desperate but I must be prepared with hard numbers and averages. Any
> help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Kimberly
>
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>
> Subject: Re: What is your Art Budget
> From: Woody Duncan <woodyduncan@comcast.net>
> Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 16:58:21 -0600
> X-Message-Number: 2
>
> I'm retired and did not teach elementary - but I'll give some advice.
> When you go to the principal - go prepared with facts in hand. He
> or she needs to realize what sort of usage demands a hands on
> curriculum requires. Have an estimate of how much paper, clay,
> paint, crayons, etc you go through in an average school year. Have
> the cost of materials in hand with prices from vendors or the district
> storeroom to show. Aim high, but be realistic - so they can meet you
> half way.
>
> Also - if other teachers want your department to do things for the
> school
> they should come up with supplies from their funds - It's only fair.
> Perhaps the PTA can supplement your budget - or find businesses
> in the community to pitch in.
>
> I taught Middle School and had a total budget of about $1400 for the
> year.
> I served about 130 students each semester. But, then that was over
> eight years ago.
>
> Best of Luck, Woody
>
>
> On May 13, 2011, at 4:27 PM, Kimberly Butts wrote:
>
>> Hi everybody. I was signed up for TeacherArtExchange many years ago
>> and sorta lost touch and stopped posting or reading posts. I would
>> really like to get back into the loop now if I can.
>>
>> I have been at a new school for nearly 2 years now and I have a budget
>> of $100 to fund an art program for about 350+ students. The art room
>> (somehow) seemed pretty well stocked when I got there so I have been
>> trying to just use what we already had. However, I have found that by
>> funds are gone just replacing dried up markers and stubby crayons each
>> year. I turn my big art show into a fundraiser by working with Kids
>> Art Fairs (selling frames). While that bring in some additional funds
>> I still feel like I am scrounging get what I need and adjusting my
>> plans to use less of the few materials (clay) I have left. I have
>> also discovered that the stockpile of clay is terrible (for some
>> reason - maybe brand) this clay seems to dry within about 2-3 minutes
>> of being exposed to air (even when the air is not too dry). With this
>> budget I can not justify getting rid of the bad clay and buying
>> anything better. So, I'm trying to come up with lesson that can be
>> completed super-quick and with small amounts of clay.
>>
>> Anyway...my point is...I need to get a better idea of what a
>> reasonable elementary art budget is for 350+ kids. I need to address
>> the issue with my principal before the situation becomes even more
>> desperate but I must be prepared with hard numbers and averages. Any
>> help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> Kimberly
>>
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> Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
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>
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> http://www.taospaint.com/WoodysBlog11/April.html
>
> 35 Quality Middle School Art Lessons
> http://www.taospaint.com/QualityLessons.html
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> Subject: RE: What is your Art Budget
> From: San D Hasselman <shasselman@hotmail.com>
> Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 23:10:24 +0000
> X-Message-Number: 3
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>
> I want to add to Woody's excellent advice. Not only come with prices of items, but also stress that a good percentage of your supplies are used up and need to be replaced each year. Personally I would ask the principal how one is supposed to have a quality program at 50 cents a kid, and ask what they expect could be bought for that 50 cents.Remind the principal that art is usually make and take and that parents are anxious to see a variety of projects to see what their child has learned. If the principal turns out to be not sympathetic, as if he/she knows any resources for you, i.e. PTA, Education organizations, etc. Then ask if he/she could help you organize an art supply drive from parents and the community. As these suggestions might make the principal uncomfortable, perhaps that would encourage him/her to find more money for you.
>
> San D
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