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Talk with your principal about an appropriate amount to ask from each
child along with a permisson slip.
Let your kids decide on the materials that they want to work in.
Have your first meeting be one for head counting to determine how many
kids you want at a time, if you need to divide it up into sections, and
to discuss projects and materials of interest.
You'll be surprised, they will tell you what they want to do, and then
you can guide them into projects they will enjoy.
I am a first year 1-8 art teacher and just started an art club at both
of the schools I teach at on two seperate days a week. While many of
the kids (i decided to limit it to 16 a session) have been able to bring
money, talking about the monetary issues with my principals really
helped. Art supplies is expensive, and sometimes they don't really
realize exactly how expensive they can be. It helps to sit down and go
over this stuff ocassionally, or at least it did in my case. One of my
pricipals was shocked to add it all up and offered additional school
money for support of the club.
Good luck, in many ways these clubs are the brightest part of my week.
My kids are really into art, and I have no behavior problems in my club,
it is so refreshing!
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