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Re: Budgets for teaching art

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Christine Merriam (
Sat, 01 Nov 1997 16:49:57 +0000

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Lots of great suggestions great suggestions have been made... here are
a few more:
Have students bring in a rock to draw on with a large building nail
(pictographs and petroglyphs).
Go go your local businesses for help... get scrap paper from printers,
the cylinders that quick print photo paper come on make great
bracelets and lots of other things...
Ask churches for leftovers from rummage sales to use for sewn soft
sculptures (have kids bring in moms old pantyhose for that one)
Have kids bring in containers (cereal boxes, clean egg cartons,etc
from home).. put a large box by the door they come into the building
from the bus in the morning where they can drop off their stuff. Use
for sculptures, etc. Also collect magazines and newspapers.
The school cafeteria can provide you with LOTS of cardboard boxes,
just ask them to, and assign some students to pick them up once a day.
Ask students to collect pop cans.Use the money from recycling to buy
materials. I find the students really love to help out, and they are
the best resource we have :)
Save all scraps from paper cutting projects for other projects. Ask
phone companies for phone wire scraps.
When you get a windfall of a grant or something, buy tempera paint in
gallon jugs, buying in bulk helps! See if your school and a discount
store like Costco or Sams Club can agree on a purchasing procedure.
(the art supply catalogs are handy, but EXPENSIVE).
Ask altruistic groups like Alpha Delta Kappa to help raise money for
Face it ... art teachers are scrounges and pack rats :)

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School

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