Running the Art Room on a Minimal Budget



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Introduction 1:04

No-Cost Instructional Strategies

Attitude and Approach 2:04

Best Lessons that Don’t Require Many Different Materials 5:45

Acquiring Supplies

Ask, Ask, Ask 3:15

How to Ask Parents for Support & Supplies 4:02

Supplies Donated From Other Teachers 5:35

Acquiring Supplies from Businesses 4:20

Systems for Supplies

Paint Supplies 6:16

Glue Systems 3:36

Drawing Supply Systems 5:27

Taking Care of Permanent Supplies

The Best Ways to Clean 5:20

Storing and Organizing Supplies 7:04

Lessons with Inexpensive Materials

O'Keeffe Flower Project 3:19

Cardboard 3D Sculpture 2:07

Cyborg Self Portraits 3:13


Conclusion 0:40

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Running the Art Room on a Minimal Budget

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Explore simple strategies for acquiring a variety of supplies.

  • 2 Discover how to design projects that push creativity but require minimal materials.

  • 3 Learn how to implement routines for organizing both consumables and permanent supplies.

Although it’s a necessity of any art room, balancing your art supply budget is a task few look forward to. However, with effective routines and systems, you can extend the life and use of your supplies. This Learning Pack will show you how to save money on all types of supplies used in the art room and how to keep those materials organized and in good shape. Plus, you’ll learn how to align your supplies with your curriculum to provide innovate projects using minimal materials.

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
Physical Space
5.7 Plans for and upholds routines for supply distribution
5.8 Promotes safety of equipment, materials, and supplies

Megan Dehner

Megan Dehner

PRO Facilitator and Elementary Art Teacher

Megan Dehner is an elementary art teacher (K-5) at West Liberty Elementary School in West Liberty, Iowa. She has a B.A. in Spanish and a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. She is passionate about giving all learners a chance to practice their creativity, regardless of language and abilities.


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