Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Art Teacherin' 101: Episode 5

No, this isn't me doing my Mariah Carey impersonation but if it was, y'all better believe Mimi would be all...
No, I'm here today in this episode of Art Teacherin' 101 to share with you my school supply order. It's that time of year when we got some money that needs to be spent but the task can be rather daunting. You can find a complete blog post of my supply order here. Today, I'm going to walk you through my messy art supply cabinets to show you some of my fave supplies and just why I love them so. So, let's go shopping!
I do love to shop...just not for 400 children from an art supply catalog that is as big as a Bible. My initial reaction to getting funds for supplies was all...
But the girth of the catalog and the choices it provided was beyond overwhelming. In the video, I'll walk you though my favorite items to purchase so you won't end up resorting to this...
As far as where to order from, it's really up to you. Your school may have scored a deal with one of the supplies therefore making it more economical for you to shop with them. But don't limit yourself to one supplier. Give a couple a shot to see who ships quickly and has great customer service. Also, ask before you buy. Send out that school-wide email for glue, markers, crayons and pencils. Classroom teachers often have a new set from each child every year. This could save you a ton and mean more money for the fun stuff. 
Happy shopping!
Me and Mimi are off to spend quality time at For-never21. Chao!
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25 comments:

  1. Excellent basic shopping list. Scary how it almost matches mine.

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  2. Excellent basic shopping list. Scary how it almost matches mine.

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    1. Because we are both geniuses. Or is it geni? Whateve, we smart.

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  3. Good tips! As far as powdered tempera...I've used it to sprinkle in to the last layer of a papier mache mixture. The more you add, the better it covers! If you like the look of the newspaper showing, add less powder! It works great! And covers two steps in one, if you are short on days, or need a certain base coat color. Then you can add details later ;)

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    1. that's a great idea! thanks! :)

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    2. OMG, thank you thank you THANK YOU! love this idea!

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  4. thanks for the list- i just finished my supply order and i ordered (or already have on hand) several of the things you recommend. entertaining and fun video :)

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    1. Glad it was fun and entertaining! Ha! Of course you have the same stuff cuz, like, great minds ;)

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  5. Anonymous6/02/2016

    Where do you buy your Koss chalks?

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    1. We purchased ours thru Amazon b/c my school has a prime account :)

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  6. I also have a TON of that powdered paint. I used it for "stars" in one project (http://art-from-chaos.blogspot.com/2015/08/this-week-in-art.html). Question: Where do you get your puffy paint? I need some!

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    1. OMG, thank you for the link! Yay! I can finally put that vintage powdered paint to use! I get puffy paint from Joanns where it is expensive but come armed with coupons and teacher discount goodness and it's not that bad. I LOVE puffy paint...but i think that's cuz I grew up in the 80's! Kids dig it too...sometimes, too much. ;)

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  7. Love your videos! Thank you for sharing your ideas and advice! Can you talk more about using glue in cups etc.? Does each student have their own cup and brush? What about spills? What about washing the brushes?

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    1. Hey!! This sounds like a question for an another episode! But I'll try my best to answer it here :) So! I purchased resealable plastic containers (small cylinder shaped ones) from the grocery. I put them on a little plate with a couple of junkie paint brushes (you know, those horrible little brushes that we normally toss) and put them between every two kids. Two brushes, one resealable glue cup on a plate per two kids. At noon, the brushes start to get rock hard, so I have a kid collect them and drop them in a container of water and let them soak overnight. Then another kid puts out new brushes for my afternoon crew. At the end of the day, more brushes go in the "Paint Brush Hot Tub" as it's called, and the glue cups get sealed. I only put about 1/4" of glue in each cup so they need refilled after a day or so. I hope that helps!

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  8. You can use the powdered tempura to color sand or salt for textured painting with glue. Works great!

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  9. You can use the powdered tempura to color sand or salt for textured painting with glue. Works great!

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  10. Liliana6/04/2016

    Hi Cassie! Great tips, thanks! What about the glue sponge method? Have you tried it? Also, for weaving (and lots of other goodies) I go to my local reuse/recycle store. In Portland it's called SCRAP. It's a nonprofit that was started by some former teachers. Anyway,they always have tons of yarn in many colors and textures for waaaay cheaper than any craft store. If I remember correctly there's a similar store in Nashville called SmART. Happy summer!

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    1. I"m not a fan of the glue sponge...but I've never really given it much of a chance. I use glue cups....which I chat about in Episode 6. I hope it helps!

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  11. Liliana6/04/2016

    Went googling to make sure it's called SmART and found the AMAZING list of "creative reuse centers"!! http://www.lancastercreativereuse.org/directory-creative-reuse-centers.html

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  12. I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business.
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  13. You might be able to make cakes from your tubs of dry tempera. (Probably not worth the effort... :))

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  14. Do you use glue sticks at all? Any recommendations for extra sticky, permanent ones?

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