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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.

Here are the basic items to include to get your child started.

  1. Drawing pencils
  2. Kneaded erasers
  3. Sketchpad
  4. Tortillion
  5. Watercolor colored pencils
Art Supplies for Kids

Art Supplies for Kids

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.

Creative Space


Creating a Space for Creativity - Tips for Organizing Your Art Supplies

Pencil blending

Pencil blending

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.

Markers Can Be Used With All Ages - Art Copywork for Edward Hopper with Markers

Grant Wood - Recreated with Markers

Grant Wood - Recreated 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 Pencils

Colored Pencils

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Colored Pencil Tutorial - Here is one of my video tutorials.

Fun Stuff Beyond the Basics

Watercolor Colored Pencil Tutorial - My Prismacolor Tutorial on

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!

Keep Your Supplies Handy!

Keep Your Supplies Handy!

Keep Your Supplies Handy!

Watercolor Crayon Demonstration - My Own Watercolor Crayon Tutorial on

A short demonstration showing how to use watercolor crayons.

Oil Pastel Demonstration - My Oil Pastel Tutorial on

Short demonstration showing beginners how to use oil pastels.

Oil Pastels for Young Hands

Oil Pastels or Cray Pas - Artist Reproduction with Oil Pastels

Oil Pastel Project - Degas's Ballet Dancers

Oil Pastel Project - Degas's Ballet Dancers

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.

How To Sharpen Prismacolor Colored Pencils - Short Information Video from

You can find the featured sharpener on

Prismacolor Oval Pencil Sharpener

I love to hear your comments!

acreativethinker on October 05, 2012:

This is a very informative lens and very helpful for kids. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

click2CYtoday on September 03, 2012:

Thank you for all of the great ideas! I personally love Prismacolor pencils and kneaded erasers, but will have to try some of these others too!

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 22, 2012:

Great information on art supplies for kids. I've added this as a related lens on my lens regarding art easels since it has a lot of added value for my visitors.

anonymous on August 13, 2012:

love this web page now because it give me lots of ideas of art by your fan Ally

ArtMan1 on July 17, 2012:

I wish more kids were into art these days rather than Xboxes and Nintendo Wii's. How can they develop a creative outlet from video games?

anonymous on February 17, 2012:

Wonderful....,Awesome products.!

rottenpixies on January 08, 2012:

Wonderful post! I really enjoyed it. A lot of useful information and very inspiring. Squid-Liked!

Ann Scaling Tucker from Enid, OK on January 08, 2012:

This is a really great lens with tons of information. How about some SquidAngel dust as I leave. Have a great year.

leeleon on January 08, 2012:

good article

Mar1anneC on January 07, 2012:

Great lens!

Annamadagan on January 07, 2012:

Awesome products. I love art. Nice lens.

bossypants on January 07, 2012:

I saw this lens on Squidoo's front page and was attracted to it because, like your son, I think kids' art supplies are wonderful source of creative fun, even if you're not a kid. It's great that you've featured such easy to find and economical choices. Congratulations on the front page feature for a terrific lens!

cleanyoucar on January 06, 2012:

Great list, art is a great way for kids to explore and learn =)

lilymom24 on January 06, 2012:

Great resources here. My son has just started to enjoy drawing so I am always looking for more supplies.

WorldVisionary3 on January 05, 2012:

My kids love to draw -- nice collection of art supplies!

Wendy Leanne from Texas on January 05, 2012:

You have a great resource here. My 5 year old loves art. *~blessed~*

anonymous on January 04, 2012:

See the color of 7 colour, the person's mood is changing for the better.

ViJuvenate on January 04, 2012:

I love having all sorts of art mediums and materials at home. I bought a very nice set of pastels once, but never got to use them. When an artist friend's house burned down I knew why I'd bought them. For her to begin her collection again. I'd still like to learn to use pastels.

dannydeu on January 04, 2012:

Thank you for your hard work that you put into this lens. Great information on art. Nice job.

Blackspaniel1 on January 04, 2012:

Nice lens

miaponzo on January 03, 2012:

Great ideas for art for kids!!!! (and grownups, too)... :) Blessed!

miaponzo on January 03, 2012:

Great ideas for art for kids!!!! (and grownups, too)... :) Blessed!

funwithtrains lm on January 03, 2012:

Great lens, thanks for the info!

queenofduvetcover on January 03, 2012:

My daughter is very artistic as well. Thank you for sharing such a great lens. =)

anonymous on January 03, 2012:

My daughter is always finding something creative to do.

baby-strollers on January 02, 2012:

My kids would go nuts for a collection like this.

lasertek lm on January 02, 2012:

Thanks for sharing.

lindseythomas lm on January 01, 2012:

I have a niece who really likes collecting pencils and she likes to draw too.

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on January 01, 2012:

Beautifully done. I keep a lot of art and craft supplies around for my girls. New Year's Blessings

Edutopia on January 01, 2012:

Depriving kids of the arts is a terrible, terrible thing. Great lens to help people get kids involved!

curious0927 on January 01, 2012:

Exquisite! Really love it! Thanks!

JanieceTobey on December 30, 2011:

Came back today to leave you a blessing on this very nicely done art supplies page!

Delia on November 08, 2011:

Great lens with a great subject and information, well done ~a d-artist Squid Blessing~

JoleneBelmain on November 07, 2011:

My kids love their art supplies. They have so many and it is so much fun to watch them being creative and bringing out their artistic talents. They are not quite as good as you yet though lol.

ElizabethJeanAl on August 20, 2011:

Exploring art is important for children. They need to explore that aspect of their nature.

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on May 30, 2011:

nicely done. ~blessed~

Lace9 on May 30, 2011:

Very cool lens, I also homeschool & really value good: like this lens! My own kids prefer creating digital art the moment so I've let them open a store on zazzle just like mommy..:) which is great as it's proving to be a truly productive project for them.

Lace9 on May 30, 2011:

Very cool lens, I also homeschool & really value good: like this lens! My own kids prefer creating digital art the moment so I've let them open a store on zazzle just like mommy..:) which is great as it's proving to be a truly productive project for them.

Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on March 30, 2011:

What an awesome lens so much great information...

JanieceTobey on March 17, 2011:

So I've got it all planned out. Your boys can come here for some outdoor fun, and then we'll come there for some art! ;-)

I always enjoy your art lenses so much! Love the youtube demonstrations!!

tiff0315 on February 11, 2011:

I love your lens! You found some great supplies!

WebIsFun on January 31, 2011:

You're right about quality supplies making a difference .. they can help motivate one to get even better!

squid-janices7 on January 25, 2011:

Love the clear totes and rolling cart for organizing the supplies...clever idea!

AmateurAtHTML on December 26, 2010:

Good lens here. It really is amazing how often good supplies in young hands can improve results dramatically. Thank you for the information.

Susanne Iles from Canada on December 25, 2010:

This is a wonderful lens! Thank you so much for creating it. I particularly appreciated how you expressed the importance of getting quality supplies for children. To instill the joy of creating art requires proper products just end up in unhappy and frustrating results.

Annamadagan on December 23, 2010:

Wow! Thanks! I love to draw!

anonymous on December 11, 2010:

Thank you so much for this great list. I really appreciate it!


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