One of the biggest tasks of running an art program is ordering and managing the mountains of supplies. Being a fairly organized person, I developed this Art Room Inventory a few years back to help streamline my ordering and keep me abreast of what I had and how much remained.
I wrote a blog post about it back in 2014, you can find that here.
Now that I've left public education (for now) and embarked on teaching in a small studio environment I still manage and order supplies but the types and amounts have changed greatly. I have classes from toddlers to adults so the type and quality of supplies varies greatly, making the variety of materials that I order much more than when I was teaching in a traditional school environment. I also order a lot less quantity due to me teaching in much smaller groups.
I revised my inventory to be reflective of the studio mentality versus a traditional elementary school classroom, as seen below.
If you think this would be helpful to you please feel free to download a copy and use it to help you to stay organized!
Download the free Art Studio Inventory HERE.
How do you order? Do you order monthly, before sessions, or just on an as needed basis? I'm always looking for way to streamline and organize that area of Art ... and with that in mind, I'm going to go utilize this rainy day here and get to work on that supply closet right now.