If you are an art teacher who is brainstorming ways to make smart long-term purchases for your classroom, here’s a list of 5 affordable investment purchases for art teachers. Maybe you have a little extra money left over at the end of the year, or have some funding coming in soon at the beginning of the next school year. These 5 items are a little more pricey than some art materials, but they’ll open up new horizons for your school’s art program. These slightly bigger ticket items are:
Linoleum carving tools are a sustainable investment purchase that your class can use for years to come. Most lino carving tools come with several removable heads that can be swapped out for different effects, perfect for a diverse array of projects. Plus, lino carving heads can be sharpened, meaning that they can be used and reused time and time again. Just one line tool with different heads runs just over $10, meaning that a full class set would be around $200-350. However, this one time cost will pay itself back over just a few school years.
There are flexible pricing options for teachers and schools listed on the Adobe Creative Cloud website, with several options available depending on how many licenses you are interested in obtaining. Adobe Creative Cloud includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Premier, After Effects, and Fresco, perfect for digital illustration, photo editing, and video editing. Just one license would allow different classes to use various programs, depending on their focus. The graphic arts are becoming more and more prevalent, and a head start in using these programs is incredibly useful for students interested in art.
A pottery wheel is a fun and rewarding investment for all of your classes. Pottery wheels allow you to expand your clay and ceramics units and try out tons of different techniques. They’re also super fun and sure to get your class engaged and excited. If you generally teach handbuilding techniques, adding a wheel throwing unit immediately after will extend and enrich the learning experience. Even one pottery wheel is enough for a class. You can teach a tutorial with all of the students gathered around. Then, each student can try their hand at the wheel throwing. Other students can work on other projects during this time, or observe to learn from their peers as they work through the process.
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