Art Supplies

Overwhelmed?
Sometimes, especially for "first time" artists, selecting art supplies can be a bit intimidating. There is such a wide range of materials that vary in prices and quality it can be difficult to determine which will suit your needs best. However, it does not have to be this way. Below, materials are listed in categories. First, find the class you or your child will be participating in. All suggested or required supplies are listed with a combination of pictures, links, explanations and average price listings. If you still have any questions or concerns regarding the materials you've reviewed, feel free to click on the "Contact Me" tab at the top of the page to send me an email.


Chebanse Art Club  Supplies may be kept at school instead of carried back and forth each week. Please include your child's name on all materials to prevent supplies from ending up in other students' totes.

This is class is purposed to educate your young artists through fun, interactive lessons, projects and games. Compositions made in this class will probably not end up at the Art Institute any time soon, so don't feel like you have to spend a fortune on supplies. :) Purchase what you are comfortable with.  Hobby Lobby and Michael's often offer weekly coupons and sales. Take advantage of these if you can. Dick Blick Art Supplies is a website you can visit to purchase online. Most super stores carry most of the listed art supplies as well.


Markers

Standard, school grade markers work well for this class. I prefer the students to have at least 8 standard color (black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet), broad line markers. Students may have larger sets and include fine line markers if you would like them to have a broader selection, but it is not necessary.


 Crayola and Roseart are good quality and are well-trusted and start around $3 a pack and increase depending on the marker count, purchase location and other specifics.

Colored Pencils

Standard, school grade colored pencils are perfect for beginning artists. Having at least a 12 count pack works best. Please make sure the standard colors are included. Vibrant and neon colors are okay AS LONG AS standard colors are also included (natural green, blue, violet, red, orange, yellow, white, black, brown...)


Crayola and Roseart work well. Sargent also is good for beginners. If your child is older and shows exceptional talent and interest in art, Prismacolors are a good investment. The price range is a bit higher for these, but they are higher quality (richer colors and more easily blended). 


Crayola, Roseart and Sargent - $2.50 and Up

Prismacolor (Scholar) - $13 (12 ct.)  and Up


Erasers

On the supply list, there is a choice between a pink, white or kneaded eraser. Pictured on the far left, is the white polymer eraser. The white eraser tends to leave less marks on paper and eraser fuzz on the table. This pink eraser is a standard school eraser and suitable for beginner artists.

What on Earth is a Kneaded Eraser? --- (The greatest eraser invention ever.) Also known as puddy rubber, these erasers can be shaped by hand in order to enable the artist to use it in a more precise and detailed manner. If you want more of an idea about just what this eraser can do, check out this little tutorial on youtube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkSlXLohrTc


You can provide your child with just one of these erasers, or all three. Erasers are available individually or in sets, which will often include a kneaded eraser, gum eraser and a white polymer eraser. Gum are a bit messier to use, but are good for erasing on thin papers.    Erasers start around $.99 on there own. Sets of three different erasers start around $3.


Drawing Pencils

Though drawing pencils are not required for this Goin' Green Session, and standard #2 will work just fine, you may want to think about picking up a basic set of drawing pencils if your child has a particular interest in pursuing visual art. 

Pencils can be purchased individually or in sets. Please make sure your child has at least 4 pencils which include a minimum of 1 H pencil and 3 B pencils (including a 6-9 B or ebony. Often sets will include erasers, a sharpener and sandpaper (used for sharpening pencils without all of the waste).


Faber-Castel, Prismacolor, Derwent and General's are all brands we've used in class before.

Prices range from $1/pencil and Up & Sets begin at around $7 or $8.


Please try to avoid sets which include charcoal pencils. We will use charcoal at various times in class, but I will supply it. Charcoal pencils sometimes get mistaken for graphite pencils by students who are distracted by the excitement of getting their ideas into their sketchbook. The messiness of the charcoal from that one picture will eventually make its way through the rest of their drawing book and onto their hands and clothes and the faces of their peers. :P


This is a good example of a good set for this age group: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/faber-castell-graphite-sketch-kit-744953/

What is the Difference Between an H Pencil and a B Pencil?


H pencils are a harder graphite which cause lighter drawing lines. B pencils are made of a softer graphite which allows for darker lines. 

Mechanical Pencil (NOT FOR FIRST SECTION)

We'll be doing some illustration work and perspective drawing this year. Mechanical pencils are a great way to create very fine and precise lines. It is best for students to have at least one mechanical pencil of their own, but I will have spares if need be.

Spiral Sketchbook

A spiral drawing pad works best as the pages stay in the book better, the pages are more easily turned and held in place while drawing.

Students may bring a Drawing or Sketch pad. The paper is slightly different between these two types of pads, but both serve our purpose well.

Please make sure the book is at least 9"x12" and no larger than an 11"x14" and at least 50 pages. They can be found at nearly any super store as well as the local art stores and run from $5-$15. (Sketch Diary at Walmart [70 sheets] is around $4.50. Strathmore Sketch [100 sheets] at Hobby Lobby is around $14.)

Scissors

We almost always seem to be short on scissors, so if you can supply your child with their own pair, that would be fantastic. School size Fiskars are always best. 

Watercolors

Depending on your preference, either a watercolor palette or watercolor pencils will work well for our classes.

Art Smock

It doesn't have to be fancy, just something that will protect their clothing. 

If you remember it is Art Club day while helping your child get ready in the morning, it's a good idea to make sure they are not wearing their newest, best clothes. Accidents happen and while most of the materials we use are easily washed out of clothing, there are still those occasional, more permanent pigments.

Art Tote or Box

Using a tackle box, a bookbag or plain canvas tote and a pencil box works well to store art supplies in. Having some type of container to keep pencils (graphite and colored) is important to help prevent breakage. Keeping items organized and not just tossed into a bag also helps prevent them from going missing. 


Tackle boxes tend to be less expensive than containers marked as "Art Boxes", but are just as efficient. A regular tote work well and is less pricey than an "Art Tote", 

but because it does not have the extra pockets, make sure a pencil box is included to keep your child's supplies organized. * Please make sure your child's name is clearly printed on their art containers and even on their materials to keep items from being lost or confused with other students' belongings.


Nash Middle School Art 101

If your child has been in art class for a few years and is has a serious interest in improving upon their abilities as an artist (especially for those students who are in 7th and 8th grade), it may be a good time to begin investing in higher quality supplies and broadening the rage of material selection.

That being said. . .

This is class is purposed to educate your young artists through fun, interactive lessons, projects and games. Compositions made in this class will probably not end up at the Art Institute any time soon, so don't feel like you have to spend a fortune on supplies. :) Purchase what you are comfortable with.   Hobby Lobby and Michaels often offer weekly coupons and sales. Take advantage of these if you can. Dick Blick Art Supplies is a website you can visit to purchase online. Most super stores carry most of the listed art supplies as well.

Markers

Crayolas are always a good standby, but I encourage you to pick up an assortment of broad and fine line markers. Fine tip Prismacolors are great for illustrating and a great way to begin investing in higher quality materials without breaking the bank.

Please make sure your child has at least a 12 pack of markers which includes the standard colors black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.


Colored Pencils

Standard, school grade colored pencils are perfect for beginning artists. Having at least a 24 colors works best. If you already have a 12 pack and can pick up some extra colors, that would be fantastic. Please make sure the standard colors are included. 


Crayola and Roseart work well. Sargent also is good

for beginners. If your child is older and shows exceptional talent and interest in art, Prismacolors are a good investment. The price range is a bit higher for these, but they are higher quality (richer colors and more easily blended). 


Crayola, Roseart and Sargent - $4 and Up

Prismacolor (Scholar) - $13 (12 ct.)  and Up

 

Watercolors

Whichever you prefer, watercolor pencils or watercolor pallets, either will work fine for this class.

 

Erasers

On the supply list, I included a pink eraser as well as the kneaded eraser. Pictured on the far left, I've included a white polymer eraser. The white eraser tend to leave less marks on paper and eraser fuzz on the table. Please supply your child with the kneaded eraser and at least one of the other solid erasers pictured on the left.

 

What on Earth is a Kneaded Eraser? --- (The greatest eraser invention ever.) Also known as puddy rubber, these erasers can be shaped by hand in order to enable the artist to use it in a more precise and detailed manner. We use this eraser a lot in class and it is one of the first things I teach students how to use. If you want more of an idea about just what this eraser can do, check out this little tutorial on youtube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkSlXLohrTc


You can buy erasers in sets, which will often include a kneaded eraser, gum eraser and a white polymer eraser. Gum are a bit messier to use, but are good for erasing on thin papers.    Erasers start around $.99 on there own. Sets of three different erasers start around $3.

Drawing Pencils

Pencils can be purchased individually or in sets. Please make sure your child has at least 4 pencils which include a minimum of 1 H pencil and 3 B pencils (including a 6-9 B or ebony.

Often sets will include erasers, a sharpener and sandpaper (used for sharpening pencils without all of the waste).

Faber-Castel, Prismacolor, Derwent and General's are all brands we've used in class before.

Prices range from $1/pencil and Up & Sets begin at around $7 or $8.

What is the Difference Between an H Pencil and a B Pencil?


H pencils are a harder graphite which cause lighter drawing lines. B pencils are made of a softer graphite which allows for darker lines. 

Mechanical Pencil

We'll be doing some illustration work and perspective drawing this year. Mechanical pencils are a great way to create very fine and precise lines. It is best for students to have at least one mechanical pencil of their own, but I will have spares if need be.

Spiral Sketchbook

A spiral drawing pad works best as the pages stay in the book better, the pages are more easily turned and held in place while drawing.

Students may bring a Drawing or Sketch pad. The paper is slightly different between these two types of pads, but both serve our purpose well.

Please make sure the book is at least 9"x12" and no larger than an 11"x14" and at least 50 pages. They can be found at nearly any super store as well as the local art stores and run from $5-$15. (Sketch Diary at Walmart [70 sheets] is around $4.50. Strathmore Sketch [100 sheets] at Hobby Lobby is around $14.)

Scissors

We almost always seem to be short on scissors, so if you can supply your child with their own pair, that would be fantastic. School size Fiskars are always best. 

Art Smock

It doesn't have to be fancy, just something that will protect their clothing. 

Accidents happen and while most of the materials we use are easily washed out of clothing, there are still those occasional, more permanent pigments.

Art Tote or Box

Using a tackle box, a bookbag or plain canvas tote and a pencil box works well to store art supplies in. Having some type of container to keep pencils (graphite and colored) is important to help prevent breakage. Keeping items organized and not just tossed into a bag also helps prevent them from going missing. 


Tackle boxes tend to be less expensive than containers marked as "Art Boxes", but are just as efficient. A regular tote work well and is less pricey than an "Art Tote", 

but because it does not have the extra pockets, make sure a pencil box is included to keep your child's supplies organized. * Please make sure your child's name is clearly printed on their art containers.