The purpose of this blog is to give Guilford County School's Art Educators a place to communicate their thoughts and share ideas. I enjoyed reading all of the terrific comments that were being delivered through email and felt that as professionals we needed a place to discuss what is on our minds.

We learn so much from one another. For many of us, we are the only visual arts teacher in our school. It is so rewarding when we get a chance to get together and talk about art, what is working well in our classrooms and what needs improvement. In addition to monthly meetings, this blog can be a source for discussions that can't wait until the next meeting.

Please don't think of this as one more thing that you have to put on your Things To Do List. Respond if you feel like it, share some pictures if you have time, but otherwise just consider this a professional forum for your voice.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Can our tight budgets get cinched any further? How are you stretching your supplies?

I don't know about you, but at our school we are working under a very tight budget. Like always, we are doing fund raisers just to have supplies to teach our classes. I know that we are all feeling the same pinch. Art teachers tend to be very resourceful and will substitute things that are not typically used as art supplies and make them work for projects.
What are you doing to stretch your supplies at your school?

1 comment:

  1. Beth,
    This year I haven't had to stretch that much because I moved to a new school and the school had supplies left from the previous art teacher. In Previous years I have used everything from watercolors made from natural ground pigments to egg crates as painting canvas. I believe your right about art teachers being resourcefull but a lot of the resources that we dont use are in the people we work for, our students and their families. I find that if you speak with our kids they will come with great solution to solve our supply problems. As teachers we often shoulder the problem for the community, but if we can share our struggle. I beleive people wil rise to help us and the children we serve.