Fine Arts

Dear Artists ~

I am often asked what fine art materials should a student have on-hand for a successful and satisfying fine art experience. The following list was compiled by Science Illustrator and owner of Sierra Nature Prints, Peg Edwards, who taught for CRHS and now offers art classes out of her studio in Scotts Valley. Her recommendations are as follows:

A few tips on stretching your dollar(s)
For instance, if your student prefers colored pencils, then the larger the set you can afford, the better.

Paper
Paper does matter, try to match the paper with the medium. 

WHERE: I'd recommend going to Lenz http://www.lenzarts.com/ locally if you're only getting a few things, otherwise you can save money by shopping online at Blick http://www.dickblick.com/
or Cheap Joe's http://www.cheapjoes.com/ I buy locally for small quantities, but order online for large amounts. At Lenz, or Palace if you prefer, ask for the student or teacher discount.

Students should have a portfolio and a palette, but it never hurts to have one at home AND in any art class:
Portfolio http://www.dickblick.com/products/cachet-studio-portfolios/
Palette, this one has a well for a water container http://www.dickblick.com/products/richeson-round-10-well-tray-with-cover/




Here's the list (non-essentials are in parentheses):

WATERCOLOR:
Watercolor cakes transparent 24 colors http://www.dickblick.com/products/pelikan-watercolor-and-gouache-pan-sets/
(Tubes are nice, too, but pricey let your student choose the colors http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-artists-watercolors/ you can never have too much white or too many shades of green! )
Watercolor brushes set of 7 http://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-cotman-watercolor-brush-sets/
Watercolor paper http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-watercolor-paper-by-fabriano/
(Arches watercolor block - this is the best paper, but pricey, use cold press http://www.dickblick.com/products/arches-watercolor-blocks/)


You can buy watercolor trays or tubes locally at Lenz Arts, Palace Arts, or online at:
Trays are good for beginners: http://www.dickblick.com/products/pelikan-watercolor-and-gouache-pan-sets/

Tubes: less expensive: http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-artists-watercolors/

Tubes: expensive: http://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-professional-watercolor-tubes/
or http://www.cheapjoes.com/catalog/product/view/id/17266/s/winsor-newton-professional-watercolor-tubes/category/74/



COLORED PENCIL:

Prismacolor pencils at least the 24 set, the more the better http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-premier-colored-pencil-sets/
Essential - colorless blender http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-blender/
(non essential but nice http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-colored-pencil-accessory-set/)
Electric sharpener for the above http://www.dickblick.com/products/ticonderoga-electric-pencil-sharpener/
Colored pencil paper 9 x 12 http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-colored-pencil-pads/
(Some students prefer dark colored paper for pencil and pastel http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-500-series-charcoal-papers/)


GRAPHITE PENCIL:
Graphite pencils http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-drawing-pencils/
Standard SPIRAL BOUND sketch pad 9 x 12 http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-drawing-pads/ This can also be used for outdoor sketching



SCRATCHBOARD:
Scratchboard 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 http://www.dickblick.com/products/ampersand-scratchbord/
Scratchboard tools http://www.dickblick.com/products/ampersand-scratchbord-tool-kit/
Drafting brush for dust  http://www.dickblick.com/products/alvin-draftsman-duster/
(Essdee - this is the best scratchboard, but pricey http://www.dickblick.com/products/essdee-scratchboard/)


PEN & INK:
Micron pen set http://www.dickblick.com/products/sakura-pigma-micron-pen/
Bristol paper for ink - 2 ply is fine http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-bristol-board/


PASTELS:
Set of pastels (these are harder and less messy) http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-nupastel-color-sticks/
Pastel paper http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-pastel-paper-pads/
(Some students prefer dark colored paper for pencil and pastel http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-500-series-charcoal-papers/)


MARKERS:
Set of colored markers http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-premier-illustration-marker-sets/
Marker paper http://www.dickblick.com/products/canson-xl-marker-pads/


ACRYLIC:

Set of Acrylic paints at least 24 http://www.dickblick.com/products/liquitex-basics-acrylic-sets/
Acrylic pad 9 x 12 http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-acrylic-pads/
OR
Canvas you choose the size http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-canvas-panels/


ACCESSORIES:
Magic rub eraser http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-magic-rub-eraser/
Kneaded eraser http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-kneaded-rubber-erasers/
Ticonderoga #2 pencils http://www.dickblick.com/products/dixon-ticonderoga-pencils/

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