Our family has really enjoyed adding more art study to our homeschool this year. We’re using the text God and the History of Art to guide us, but we also enjoy doing our own art projects, apart from the text. I keep all of our supplies easily visible and accessible in a clear, locking tote…but, what’s in a well-stocked art kit? My top picks are:
Tempera paint. We use the washable kind, so it’s easy to clean up. It’s also easy to mix and produces nice colors.
Acrylic paint. This is not as easy to clean up, but produces really nice, bright, vibrant colors. I also discovered, via God and the History of Art, that, because it’s water-based, you can freeze whatever is left on your palette for the next use, so there’s no waste. We haven’t actually tried this yet because there hasn’t been a need, but it’s in the back of my mind.
Paint brushes. We picked up an inexpensive classroom pack at one of the local hobby stores, which gave us several sets of a variety of brush sizes, so that we each can have several sizes to choose from when we paint.
Paint palettes. Although we often use paper plates so that we have more room when we have a lot of color mixing to do, we really enjoy the paint palettes that we picked up for just $1 each at a local hobby store. They’re plastic, so they’re easy to wash out when we’re finished painting for the day.
Paper. I purchase some heavy paper, just for painting, from Miller Pads and Paper at our local curriculum fair each year. It still curls up a bit, but not as bad as plain printer paper and, of course, we use cardstock quite a bit.
Sharpie fine-point markers. We use these for detail work on mixed-medium artwork and I plan to use them for our pen and ink drawings, though we haven’t started those yet.
Art postcards and prints. The postcards came with our God and the History of Art set, but I know you can order sets from various places online, including Dover. I picked up some inexpensive prints of many of the artists we have studied and will study at Wal-mart.
Our art text suggested drawing pencils and kneaded erasers, but I haven’t gotten those yet. I hope to soon, but, for now, we’re just using regular #2 pencils. And, of course, we have standards like colored pencils and washable markers. My oldest has a nice set of Prang pencils and markers from when she took an outside art course, but, for now, my younger two are making do with Crayola.
What about you? What items do you consider necessary for a well-stocked art kit?
Kris is the sweet-tea-drinking, classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason, homeschooling mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
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