I know how you feel. I taught at a new middle school with no supplies. Will
they let you give the kids a supply list? If so, ask that they bring markers,
colored pencils, a pencil and eraser. They might each purchase a sketchbook
and you could do alot of contour drawing exercises. Drawing saved my life
when I was in that situation.
Sometimes your local newpaper company will give you end rolls of newsprint.
Your local art museam might give you some stuff from their education
At the high school you can always spend the beginning of the year researching
artists and art movements. They could work in the library.
Something I did this year, and have done in the past was have a scavenger
hunt. I have a list of different stuff I want with different points next to
each (magazines 10 points, old paint brush 5, yarn 10, etc). I give it to
them at the beginning of the year and tell them they can do this for an extra
credit grade to be added into their grade. They are told NOT to buy anything.
It's to come from old junk around the house that they dont want. About 10
kids out of 5 classes chose to do this and I got quite a bit of stuff. I told
them they didnt have to do this and there would be other chances to get extra
credit during the six weeks.
If you can get black construction paper and "borrow" some white chalk, they
do alot of drawings with this.
Good luck!!!! I've been there and it isn't easy, but it can be done. How many
poor cultures have wonderful folk art out of almost nothing? Things will get
better. You will begin to collect stuff and this time next year you will be
ok. It is a shame that your school system puts you in this place. Does your
district have a fine arts director? Maybe he or she could help.
Hope some of this helps.
Teresa in El Paso