Video: Off the Wall Art Supplies Worth Having Around

You may browse through art catalogs when placing your order and feel overwhelmed. In this video I want to share with you some stranger “off the wall” supplies I’ve ordered, taken a chance on, and now can’t live without in the art room. I’ll also share how I use them to get the most bang for my buck.


What is the strangest art supply you can’t live without?

Any recommendations for everyone’s order for next year? 

5 years ago

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • I like the straws and connectors from roylco. I just ordered another set. I have used these in so many lessons. Besides looking at various at architecture and oohing the structure. I had students create an imaginary structure. Picture of my students working on a structure. Next they all sat down and designed the outside would look like. It was nice seeing how each student design of the facade was different

    • Wow! Those look really neat and I like how light they are, you could take them around the school or even outside. Thanks for sharing!

  • artprojectgirl

    I like flourescent paints, gold paints, construction paper crayons (colors we don’t normally get!) It makes art so much more fun.

  • Leah

    I am fortunate enough to have all of the tools you mentioned. Did I say
    I love my district?? Anyhow, last year my kiddos were doing sandwich
    collages and used the crimpers to make pickle slices, potato chips and
    french fries. They love the crimpers, though they do tend to try and
    crimp everything!!

  • Jessica Vatter-Davis

    Jess, I just LOVE your blog. I spent the past few hours watching your videos and reading posts. I can’t believe how many things you suggested that I already use in my room! It makes feel so good to know that I am not crazy for saving like 200 apple trays or that we both send the behavior kids to the front of the line instead of the back like everyone else. The art of Ed always makes me feel reinvigorated and ready to teach. Thanks for all you do!

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