Small Art: Big Ideas Supply List

  • Words and texts that inspire you and that you will use in your art.

  • Several images or silhouettes that relate to the texts you are bringing.  Try to choose images that aren’t very complex such as organic shapes, geometrics, leaves, etc. We will cut simple stencils based on these forms.  Bring images no bigger than 3” x 4”. (Coloring books can be good sources)

  •  Scrap paper 15 sheets (8 ½ x 11 is fine) This can be used copy paper not printed on one side.

  • 4H, 2B, 6B pencils (or similar variety of graphite pencils) (Not water-soluble kind.)

Be thinking of color palettes that appeal to you and choose pencils and pastels accordingly

  • A small set of Prismacolor Artist’s Quality colored pencils (or similar) or 2 warm and 2 cool colors of Prismacolor colored pencils (or similar). We will be layering on top of these with water-based media so avoid watercolor pencils.

  • Pencil sharpener

  • ¼ -½ sheet of sandpaper 220 or finer. This will be for grinding stick pastels.

  • Tuff Stuff eraser or Tombo Mono Zero Eraser or General's Factis Mechanical Eraser or Pentel Click Eraser if you can’t find one of the other 3 (they are the fine tip white erasers that are housed in a retractable case). My favorite is Tombo Mono Zero)

  • Staedtler Mars White Plastic eraser

  • Kneaded eraser

  • A flat, water color or acrylic brush approximately 1” or bigger. Will be used with acrylic paint. Should be soft bristles. I like the Dick Blick Scholastic Wonder White Flat or Bright #20.  Serial #05380-1020.

  • Pointed brushes, bring a variety of small to medium sizes (also known as round brushes). They will be used with acrylics. 

  • Paint palette with wells for mixing color

  • A pipette or small water bottle or dropper for mixing paint

  • Small scrap of a soft, fine weave cotton rag (old t-shirt is especially good) 

  • Towel or rag or paper towels for wiping brushes

  • Sharp x–acto knife #11 or #16 with extra blades (or similar)

  • (Self-healing) plastic cutting board any size

  • Roll of Scotch Magic Tape ¾” green label (must be this brand, size and kind) Do not buy blue label removable.

  • Roll of (approximately) 1” or wider yellow Frog Tape for Delicate Surface or regular blue painters’ tape (not the super lock blue)

  • Metal ruler with cork backing or a cheap wooden ruler with a metal edge

  • Paper sack to use as a garbage can

OPTIONAL: These may add to your classroom experience. Bring if you already own.

  • Soft Chalk Pastels not oil pastels. Choose 3-6 colors of your choice. Choose deep hues that are saturated with color. Avoid pale hues. Pan pastels are expensive but well worth it.  A small set of Alpha Color Pastels brand work well. Avoid Nupastel brand. (Rebecca will bring extra pastels to share)

  • If using Pan Pastels bring applicator tools

  • Waterproof black pen

  • Lettering/calligraphy/mark making tools

  • A hair dryer 

  • Wipes

  • An assortment of pointed and flat brushes that can be used with acrylics 

  • Drafting brush 

  • Apron

  • Small sharp scissors

  • Acrylic pens or inks