Art Supplies

After the Christmas holidays, I will need to start working on ordering items to re-stock my art room again. Teaching overseas, I need to plan these things in advance to make sure everything arrives on time for the following school year. Although it is quite a tedious job, it’s also lots of fun. There are so many products out there and it’s very easy to want to  just  buy it all! I avoid all the ‘ready made’ packs and even limit my paint choices to the primary and secondary colors. How can we help nurture future artists if we give them everything almost pre-made because it saves us time and effort?

A question I get asked often is what kind of art materials do I use in the classroom with my students. I have created this page where you will find a list with the essential art supplies you will need to run a super art program! This list isn’t limited to a classroom only. Use it for an after school camp, home-school group, etc. Simply adjust the quantities to your needs and budget.  If you are looking to order online, I  have found these companies to be the most reliable suppliers and have great quality products. Note: I decided to become an affiliate to Dick Blick because they have always come through for me in all of my orders  in all the international school I have worked in.

If you know of any other great suppliers, we would love to hear from you so we can share the knowledge. 🙂

Blick Art Materials


Nasco Arts and Crafts

School Specialty (Saxs)

Lakeshore Art Materials

Happy ordering!

Ms Ale

E Book Giveaway!

A collage of inspiration

I was recently chatting with my friend Lucille who lives and teaches in Tokyo. She is a music teacher and I guess due to cut backs at her school, was given the ‘Art Teacher’ position on top of her other duties. She was very thankful that she could turn to my blog and e-books for inspiration. This conversation made me realize how powerful internet and blogging really is and the positive impact it can have on others all over the world. Lucille’s and all the other wonderful comments, I receive here at Art Lessons For Kids from people all over the world make this effort to blog so worth while. Knowing that my ideas can help fellow instructors in some way lessen their planning load puts a HUGE smile on my face.

We all know that back to school planning can be a little overwhelming as we are trying to get back into the groove of things, right? I am still trying to avoid it! 🙂 I also know that many of you out there including first year teachers, home school parents and anyone teaching art to young children could use a little help now. I want to make your life a little easier!

I will be giving away a copy of one my downloadable e-book  tutorials. To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight Tuesday, August 23. Be sure to have a link to Art Lessons for Kids on your blog or website to be eligible. I will announce the winner on Wednesday, August 25. The winner will get to choose the e-book of their choice!

Have a great year of teaching and please send me some of your planning vibes so I can get started too!

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