Usually if you are working in a mainstream classroom you’re given an art budget which is typically between 5 and 8 euro per child. So in a class of 28 children you will have approximately 150 – 200 euro or more to spend on art supplies for the year.
Do an inventory/stock take of what you have already (if you are currently teaching in a mainstream class, you probably have a lot of supplies from this year or previous years).
What do I need?
Here is my list of essentials; things that you will definitely use during the year. (You can always pick up other bits and pieces for different projects along the way)
- Paper (A3 and A4)
- Card (A4 – white and colour)
- Permanent markers
- Oil pastels
- Glue (PVA) and glue sticks
Where is the best place to source materials?
There are so many shops to source art supplies from – some are more expensive than others. My top places include;
- Mr. Price (great for paper, card)
- Dealz (wool is usually 3 for the price of 2 so 3 euro for 3 balls of wool)
- Evans Educational
- Michael Doherty School Supplies
How much do I need? How much do things cost?
Buy large sizes of red, yellow, blue, green and smaller sizes of other colours.
Set of 12 poster paints (500 ml) for €21. Available here
1 poster paint (500ml) €1.85 Available here.
Set of 12 poster paints (1 litre) for €31 Available here
1 poster paint (1 litre) €2.75 Available here
Michael Doherty School Supplies (MDSS)
These are available from art supply shops as well as Mr. Price. Usually they cost between €4-€6 for 12 brushes. (You will need both thick and thin brushes).
A ream of white A4 paper is always handy to have. You can get it anywhere from Tesco to Mr. Price or include it in your art order. (It usually costs between €4 and €6)
A pack of coloured A4 paper is also really good to have. (Usually less than €3 euro for 50-100 sheets of different colours) €2.75 for 100 sheets in Evans or €2.50 for 100 sheets from MDSS or €2.75 from Allen and Bailey
A3 cartridge paper is great for painting or when using oil pastels. Cartridge paper is thicker and is better for painting. It usually costs less than €20 for 500 sheets.
Evans Educational – €15.50 (100g)
Evans Educational – €18.50 (120g)
Card is used for lots of things throughout the year.
I bought these two reams from Mr. Price for €9.99 each. There are 250 sheets in each ream and they should get me to Christmas (at least).
I usually buy wool in Dealz as there is often an offer of 3 balls for the price of 2. (So €3 for 3 balls – 1 euro each).
These plastic needles from Evans are really useful when doing Fabric and Fibre lessons.
These are great to go over the outline of a piece of artwork. I use these very regularly. I bought packs of 4 last year in Lidl for about €1.50 each. (Last years markers are still perfect)
Oil pastels really make a piece of art stand out. Prices vary from €2 – €4. I bought these from Evans Educational last year.
They usually cost €1 each for right handed scissors and €1.50 each for left handed scissors.
This is a great offer €22.74 for 32 scissors from Allen and Bailey.
This is an offer from Michael Doherty School Supplies – €29.95 for 32 scissors (28 RH and 4 LH).
I don’t have a ‘block’ so just store my scissors in an old Roses box.
Air hardening clay costs about €15 euro for a 12.5kg bag (which will cover at least 2 clay lessons with a class of 28-30) You can get either Terracotta (brown colour) or grey.
€14.99 from Allen and Bailey
You will need PVA glue and I also think gluesticks are a must.
PVA glue can be bought in 1L (about €2), 5L bottles (€10-€12).
Glue spreaders are also handy to have (10 for €1.95 from Evans Educational)
€6.29 for 12 from Allen and Bailey.
These are my top things to have for any classroom for September. Usually companies such as Evans/Michael Doherty’s or Allen and Bailey have shipping charges with free shipping if you spend a certain amount so its often cheaper to do 1 big art order from one of the suppliers!
You will more than likely need to go and get other materials during the year but these items should be enough to do a lot of art lessons.