Arts & Crafts Essentials
Wondering what you should get before school starts back to ensure you’re organised for the first term? Well, here’s what we recommend starting with so that you’re prepared for the year ahead.
Because of the current pandemic I’m planning on organising my classroom slightly differently this year. I’m planning on getting chair pouches for each child which will slide onto their chair. In their pouch they’ll all have their own set of supplies, this will hopefully avoid the need to share common classroom supplies and it will save time as the distribution of resources will not need to occur. If you are not planning on getting chair pockets you could also get a separate box or tub for each child with their name on it to keep their things divided. I've also included links to our online store where you can purchase the items mentioned. With that said, here’s what you’ll need.
A3 white & coloured paper
Not only is A3 a good size for writing our classroom rules (which should be written together on the first day), but it’s also great for an introductory art lesson. What a great way of letting the class feel ownership over the space than having their self-portraits displayed. Also use A3 paper for projects, displays, charts and posters.
A4 white, black & coloured card
You’ll need this at various stages throughout the year. You’ll need it for displays, junk art, projects, seasonal art.
Do you have a class list yet? If so, make sure you have enough paint brushes for each child, as well as yourself. As paintbrushes will have to be washed anyway after each lesson there’s no need to label or sort them in accordance with Covid-19 classroom recommendations. Just wash them well after each use and store them bristles up to prevent them from going hard.
Again you’ll need a full set of classroom scissors. Getting scissors that are suitable for both right or left handed users avoids confusion and having to swap. If you’re not getting chair pockets it might be a good idea to get a lunchbox for each child, labelling it and letting them only use the classroom supplies in their tub, their personal scissors could be kept there.
Each child could keep their individual glue stick in their pouch/ tub. They’ll need glue not only for art and crafts but also for sticking sheets into their copies.
Why not start with the primary colours, black and white. A lovely introduction into art could be making individual colour wheels. All you need is a paper plate for each child (divided into 6) place each primary colour in a section with a white section separating each one. Then mix two colours and paint the section between them colours with your new made colour on your colour wheel and so on. This teaches mixing colours from the get go and encourages children to experiment with tones.
Keep colours separated while allowing spare segments for students to mix.
These don’t need to be fancy. You could collect jars from sauces in your kitchen or alternatively just use plastic cups. A tip is to make sure the jars have some weight to them to avoid the children knocking them over and creating a mess.
As clay is a strand of the primary art curriculum you’ll need to add this to your collection. However this may be something that you might want to order closer to actually needing it.
Edging for Borders
Not only will your class be proud of their work being displayed nicely, but they also give the notice/ display board a lift.
These are particularly important for the younger classes as they’ll use them daily in their text books and copies. I like using triangular shaped pencils and long twist type crayons (such as twistables) as they promote the proper tripod grip. Colouring pencils can be great be older classes as they allow for tidier work and older children may be able to pair them independently (that’s the main reason I don’t use them daily with infants).
Other supplies that you may wish to add over time:
- Chalk pastels
- Crepe paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Junk art (bits & pieces from around the house)