imagiNATION 07/10/2014 at 01:55am
Are you doing just a general art class? Do you know how much time you will have with students (is it once a week, once a day, etc)?
I would make sure you have basic supplies first. Paper (a generic drawing weight and then some construction paper - I like to make sure I have black and then get a few mixed packs every year. If your school doesn't provide copy paper, I would get that as well), lots of pencils, erasers, some kind of table bucket or can (could be a recycled solution here), class-sets of crayons, colored pencils, and oil pastels. Scissors. Paint brushes and watercolor sets. Some kind of glue (I think elmers school glue is a good go to for most things but if you can get both I would pick up some glue sticks and a thing of rubber glue also) I think having a paper cutter and drying rack in the art room are pretty essential but you could probably get by without if you had to by being clever haha. I also think masking tape is essential if you want to be hanging your students work. Then you can start to get other things if your budget allows it. Tempera and Acrylic paint, markers (the small drawing markers/pens are actually good for the older ones), resource books, aprons, rulers, clay, etc etc.
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