As art teachers, our budgets are mainly used towards consumable supplies. When I open my boxes of supplies at the beginning of the year it seems as if I will never use all the paper, glaze and multiple bottles of paint I order. Yet at the end of the year, most of the supplies in those boxes are gone. My budget is very small so I am always trying to find ways to get more supplies in the hands of my students.
It is my goal to use the budget from the school to purchase specialty items such as clay, glaze, plaster, paint, paper etc. As much as I try not to spend my own money purchasing supplies, I often buy liquid glue and some other random supplies at a big box store during their back to school sale.
How do I make my budget go further?
I ask students to bring in art supplies.
This year was the first year I added art supplies to their supply list. My secretary added a separate art section to the list so students knew that the supplies for were specifically for art.
I was very happy with the amount of supplies I received. I had enough new supplies to replenish them the beginning of each quarter and I even have some left over. Yay!
Do students donate art supplies to your program? What supplies do they donate?
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