When shopping for art paper you have to keep many details in mind, all the time keeping one eye on what will make your students happy. Buying art teacher supplies for your classroom is easier said than done – this is particularly true when it comes to art paper. It is not difficult to find and buy this paper, but you do have some decisions to make along the way.
Depending on what art projects you are doing, you probably need different types of paper. For example, there is a variety of colors of construction paper for cutting up and making masks and other fun things. There is also paper specifically manufactured for painting (with paint) vs. drawing (with pencils or pastels) and some that is thick enough to load on tons of fun things like sequins and feathers, etc. Make sure you know what you want it to do before buying.
The next thing you need to know about art paper is that it comes in many sizes. You can find art paper in 9″ x 12″ or 12″ x 18″ sheets and rolls that go all the way up to 1,000 feet in length. Do you know what you need for your upcoming project? Or are you simply playing it by ear and hoping for the best? Rather than guess, review all the details of the project and then go from there.
The nice thing about buying art paper online is that you can get a great deal on the price. Along with this, the quality is sure to be up to your standards. But don’t forget shipping cost. Especially if you are ordering a large roll, the cost of shipping it can be a significant factor. Another caveat about buying large rolls is that they are extremely heavy and can be difficult to handle if you don’t have the proper equipment. So, although the price of large rolls may be enticing, consider all the angles before finalizing your decision.
Some teachers and schools also purchase rolls of paper for another reason. Instead of using it for art projects, such as making banners, they put it on desks and floors to protect the surface from paint and other materials. This is a great way to keep your classroom clean.
Finally, art paper comes in many different colors. The color does not matter if you are only buying the paper for protective reasons. However, if your students will be using the paper for an actual project it must be the right color. The good news is that most of the art paper that is on the market comes in a large selection of colors, so you’ll always be able to find what you need for your project.
Now that you know more about art paper it is time to buy what you need and get your students on the right track. What kind do you need?