This post is mainly for PARENTS but I'll bet other teachers of art have ideas they would probably add to my "Home Basics" list:
Papers - good drawing or watercolor paper OR plain paper from you printer, newspaper,
magazines, cardboard (think all those packaged foods in you pantry), old sheet music,
old playing cards, old wrapping paper, junk mail, discarded paper from Mom or Dad's
You might ask about the junk mail and old magazines. I use them all the time to paint
over with acrylic paint. Great artists reused canvases, so why shouldn't I help our
landfill problem! Great art paper is a luxury and wonderful to have, but not a
Pencils and sharpener
Crayons - just the basic colors
The big, fancy boxes are fun, but not necessary. Kids can
use what they know about the color wheel to mix the colors they need.
A set of basic colored water soluble markers
a black marking pen
Pair of scissors
White glue (like Elmer's)
(good ones that actually stick!! I like Dennison's)
Tape - Scotch, masking, etc.
Student Watercolor Set - 8 colors
I like Prang and Crayola. I particularly like sets with white lids so kids can really
see the colors they are mixing.
Scraps of fabrics and yarns (if you are lucky enough to know someone who sews or
OK, so this one isn't exactly a basic, but it sure helps with collages and weavings!
Not only will these supplies work for creating fun art, I think they are necessities for producing quality work for those more elaborate school projects or homework assignments. A medium sized drawer, or even a shoebox would be great for teaching organizing skills and having all supplies in one place. Happy Creating!!!