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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)