A Complete Art Supply List for Home
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I put together an art supply list because my favorite part of art, creating, crafting is collecting art supplies. I adore shopping and trying new things. When I first starting teaching art I was completely overwhelmed by all the different options available. Paper weight, sulphite paper, wide, flat, round brushes and oil pastels. It’s funny, I had no idea what oil pastels were or how to use them and now they are my favorite medium. I had no idea what I needed to teach children art or where to begin. I scoured Pinterest and found a few great websites for art teachers that really helped me figure it all out.
Fast forward three years later and I now know exactly what I would love to have in my art room. These supplies also are important in my children’s studio at home. Maybe you already are an artist and know exactly how to stock an art room. I am guessing that most mom’s, like me thought the extent of art supplies was cardstock, markers, crayons, pencils, scissors, glue, construction paper and finger paint. There is a wealth of mediums, techniques and ideas out there to use and explore. I have loved figuring out what children respond to and how excited they get when they create something beautiful. So I have put together my favorite art supplies and those that I would definitely keep at home.
Let’s start with the basic drawing supplies. For children I don’t use shading or fancy drawing pencils, I just use Ticonderoga pencils and they can be found at all department stores and on Amazon. These pencils are great for light lines and are easy to erase. 12×18 Sulphite paper is the best drawing paper and can also hold tempera and water color paint. I like the big size, it gives children more room to draw and paint and they spend more time creating than if they would have had smaller paper.
We draw a lot more with oil pastels than any other item. Children tend to draw small with pencils and with oil pastels they draw bigger. Oil pastels are available in several colors and I always get extra black and white. They can be messy and smear easily so I always encourage artists to blow, not wipe the little flakes off the paper.
Royal Langnickel round brushes is all I ever use with the children I teach. They are sturdy and paint up to the lines and edges of drawings nicely. I hope to find a fun way to use the flat brushes.
Tempera Paint in a variety of colors including florescent and glitter. I add the paint into these brush bottles from Lakeshore. The brush bottle is perfect for little people and preventing them from mixing colors. Otherwise I just use bowls, or no-spill paint cups.
Tempera cakes are also one of my favorite paint options because they work a lot like water colors. Just get them wet with water and a brush and they are ready to go. There is no spilling to worry about and the color can be just as vibrant. Liquid water colors are also a favorite because the colors are beautiful and little goes a long way. I typically put a little in the no-spill paint cups and add a little water to make it go a little further and lighten it a little. Water color paper is a necessity also. There is nothing like a great piece of water color paper. The way it captures the paint is magical.
Construction paper is not made equally, I have found that I really like the Pacon brand because the colors are bright. I do not care for the cheap paper found at big box stores, the colors are blah and they fade fast. Colored masking tape and children’s washi tape are also a huge addition to the art supplies. Newspapers, magazines, stickers and any item that can be glued, taped to their project is ideal.
There are a couple options for glue and some are best for certain projects. Dot Glue is very handy for younger children and I prefer it over bottled glue. The Elmer’s bottled glue is great for making concoctions and items like cotton balls or pom-poms. If I have to use bottled glue I prefer to put it into smaller squeezable bottles, as they are easier for little hands to squeeze due to their round shape. Glue sticks are handy and are definitely less expensive than the dot glue. I would only let the older children, age 8 and up to use them.
For little hands I would definitely recommend getting preschool scissors. Cutting seems to be one of the biggest struggles for kindergartners. They always get their thumb and fingers in the wrong places. These scissors are great for teaching their little hands what to do. Don’t forget the crayons, markers and colored pencils. I prefer Crayola over any other brand on these items.
Although there are many more items that can be added, these are my favorite. They are the ones I always go to every day. Happy creating!