Studio Practices

Clever Art Room Hacks to Stretch Your Budget and Creativity (Ep. 3)

Art teachers are busy and love a good art room hack! In this episode, Renae shares hacks to make your day-to-day easier including how to substitute pricey items without compromising projects and engagement. Use modeling clay instead of stoneware clay or combine student-grade with professional-grade tempera paint. Watch for two-part projects to make materials go further and how to recycle items like scrap paper and dried markers into new creations. Plus, repurpose everyday items such as bamboo skewers, plastic lids, old picture frames, and plastic forks so you don’t have to buy expensive tools. Don’t miss the next episode, where Renae highlights ways to decorate your art room on a tight budget! For more ways to repurpose everyday items, stay tuned for Episode 5!

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Lindsey McGinnis

Lindsey McGinnis is AOEU’s Media Content Manager and a former high school art educator. She is passionately equipping art teachers to be successful in their classrooms and firmly believes that art is a safe place for students to explore and process the challenging topics and concepts around them.

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