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Art Supplies for Kids
Basic Art Supplies for Creative Kids
As an art teacher, I am asked what to include in an art kit for school-age children. Which markers, colored pencils, and paints do you need? What about paper and brushes and something to carry them all in?
This lens will give you some ideas for quality art supplies for your children and some ideas for how to organize them once you have them in your hands.
Start with the basics and then add some of the fun stuff as you can afford them! Quality art supplies are always a great investment and give great results.
Basic Drawing Supplies - See the Amazon links below for more details.
Here are the basic items to include to get your child started.
- Drawing pencils
- Kneaded erasers
- Watercolor colored pencils
Why Buy Quality Art Supplies?
I like to buy higher quality supplies so they last all year and the results tend to be better. The initial investment is well worth the extra dollars. Training the children to respect the art supplies is part of the process of learning how to draw.
Storing your art supplies properly and keeping the accessible are both important aspects of getting the most our of your quality art supplies.
In our family I usually have a small art supply budget that I will divide between buying something new to try with the children as well as restock our favorites. Year by year our art supply closet has been stocked with a wide variety of art supplies that we love and know how to use well.
Creating a Space for Creativity - Tips for Organizing Your Art Supplies
How to Use a Tortillon (Blending tool)
Question from a reader answered.
Tortillons are made of paper and they are used to blend pencil, charcoal, or pastels for shading and shadows. You use them like you would use your finger to blend as you draw. After you put down your pencil, use the tortillon to smudge the graphite to blend and shade.
Al alternative to using a tortillon is to use a kneaded eraser or your finger. The paper tortillon is just another choice that artists can have on hand and children love to play around with them. They are so inexpensive that you can have several on hand at all times.
Quality Markers From Prismacolor - Artist Quality - Double-Ended for More Options
These are our special art markers that we use for art projects. If you train your children to use them properly, they will last a long time.
Two different tips on each marker stretch the variety of lines and shades you get with these quality markers. This means you get twice as many options for your money well spent. Be careful though, these will bleed through your paper so don't attempt to draw on both sides of a sheet.
This set will give you great results right from the start.
Markers Can Be Used With All Ages - Art Copywork for Edward Hopper with Markers
My sons enjoy recreating great artwork with markers. In fact, they enjoy using Crayola Brand markers for most of their projects. The artwork above was done with Crayola Silly Scents linked above. Read more about art copywork on my blog Harmony Art Mom.
Playing With Color
Colored Pencil Tutorial - Here is one of my video tutorials.
Fun Stuff Beyond the Basics
These are a great starter set for young hands. I highly recommend them for working in color. They are perfect for working in Dover Coloring Books inside the small lines of the more complex coloring pages.
Watercolor Colored Pencil Tutorial - My Prismacolor Tutorial on YouTube.com
Painting Supplies - Just a few Ideas
Look for all these sorts of products at your local art supply store. Try Hobby Lobby or Michael's or Joanns for the best prices. I always use a coupon!
These particular paints in the set are our favorite to take on the trail for our nature journals. They have lots of color and are easy to use.
Keep Your Supplies Handy!
Watercolor Crayon Demonstration - My Own Watercolor Crayon Tutorial on YouTube.com
A short demonstration showing how to use watercolor crayons.
Oil Pastel Demonstration - My Oil Pastel Tutorial on YouTube.com
Short demonstration showing beginners how to use oil pastels.
Oil Pastels for Young Hands
This set will give you lots of color choices for art projects with your children. These are a little messy but the blending ability of the oil pastels makes them a great choice for beginners.
Oil Pastels or Cray Pas - Artist Reproduction with Oil Pastels
Degas is the perfect artist to recreate with oil pastels. You can see how they do a great job of blending and covering. Give these a try with your next art project.