Always run short on your art budget money each year? Wish you had more money to buy supplies for your students? We all do! Here is a quick tip that could save you some dollars and cents.
Each year in the grade level classrooms students bring glue, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, etc… to their home room classrooms as a part of a supply list that each student is asked to bring to start off the school year. I think this model is pretty universal in most schools. These supplies stay in the classroom for crafts and art projects. However, with changes in curriculum, and high stakes testing increasing, it seems these supplies are not being used in the classroom like they have in the past. Many of these gently used art supplies are going to waste at the end of each school year. The items are either put into a cupboard, with more supplies coming in from the new class in the fall, or are donated elsewhere.
My suggestion to you:
Email all of the teachers in your school and ask they keep you in mind when sorting out their rooms at the end of the school year. The art room will gladly take gently used crayons, glue bottles, colored pencils, etc. You will be AMAZED at what you will get. I have not ordered crayons for 3 years and colored pencils, too. Some of them are not even used and they may have just sat in a cupboard. My principal things this is a great idea, too, because in the end, it’s always smart to use materials and resources wisely. (If you don’t mind gently used, which I don’t!)
With the tight budgets many art teachers are facing, using what’s already in the school can give you the freedom to order things you REALLY need or the basics you just can’t always afford. Trust me. It works! I choose to spend my money on higher quality paper (Blick 80lb construction paper is my go-to) since I am saving so much on my crayons! :)
Is this something that might work for you?
What other tricks might you have up your sleeve to save money on ordering supplies?