I am a middle school social studies teacher and my husband is a high school art teacher. He has been an art teacher for a very long time and he’s not super proficient with Google classroom but I am. I have been helping him with lesson online resources & creating hyper docs for the lessons. He is struggling with the students not having a lot of supplies at home and how to have them create multiple day art pieces.  he teaches at a low income area, how is everyone handling supplies to students? 

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I ran into that problem in the spring so I sent home packets of basic materials. I changed my usual school order to pay for these. A sketchbook (light weight drawing paper folded in half) Drawing paper, some construction paper pencils, generic sharpie, basic set of colored pencils.


That’s a real struggle. Could he focus on using recycled materials? Some serious drawing and shading only requires a pencil/paper. Maybe a business or church could adopt his class and help with supplies?


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I also teach art in a high school. I had to buy to go boxes and start making art supply kits for remotes and in school. Most students are pretty good- remotes not so good. I’m thinking of creating more Art History related plans. I love AH so ... I took all sorts or computer courses etc but the time comes when enough is enough.


With Social Emotional Learning being a big push in our area Iv made most of my projects choice based. Recently I had the students look at personal characteristics of themselves and we than researched animals that also had those characteristics. They then could choose what media they wanted to create a composition of three animals that they felt represented them. I had students who did basic drawings, students who did paint, other who did clay. Whatever they had access to. Even had a student use cardboard. It’s a very different way of doing things, much different then if you are in the studio, but during this stressful time we have to do what we can for the students and those who don’t have access to every media.


I made kits with pencils, sketchbooks, a gel pens, white charcoal pencils, kneaded erasers, and graphic organizers for value. Few students picked them up. (This is a Title 1 school.). Even for projects, students used whatever papers they had—even with lines.

1st semester is drawing and value. Next semester, we will start color and texture. I will make kits with pastels and basket making supplies. Otherwise students can use whatever they can find around the house. This will be encouraged to make a variety of textures.

We have to accept whatever materials students have access. And encourage them to make the most of their work.

This may not help, but if there is any interest in digital arts this is a free coding program that can be used with Google Classroom https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/s/en/home, and Pixlr editor is a free basic photoshop like program.
Otherwise kits. I also emphasize or give examples of all the different ways I would tweak or swap something if I didn't have a specific supply when giving directions. Generally give more open ended prompts that alow for student choice of materials.

I did things like found object sculpture. You can also do things like using coffee, tea and dirt for painting and using non traditional objects as brushes. Aluminum foil makes a good sculpture base... as well as plastic water bottles, fast food cups , soda cans ect...

This is my example of a foil rose.... nothing but about a 12 inch piece of foil. I made a video on how to do it. I literally just winged it from my head without reference and made it in less than 15 min.

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