New Art Supplies and Drawing with Children

New Art Supplies

I'm excited to share with you the most recent additions to our homeschool art supplies, which we are building up slowly bit by bit (as with everything in our lives).

Last year's start-of-the-school-year purchases were Prismacolor markers, colored pencils, watercolor colored pencils, artstix and pastels. By far the items that have been used the most have been the markers and colored pencils. The rest, not so much, but they don't "go stale" so when the inspiration strikes at least the tools will be at hand.

For the past 6 months I've kept a running list of supplies I've wanted to buy after reading blogs and seeing what cool art kids and mamas are creating. This list informed my purchases this time around. 

If you are local you should check out Spiller's Art Supplies in Lisbon. I haven't shopped around a great deal but for the little I have done I thought the prices on these items were fantastic, plus great service and no shipping! I recommend a trip there if you are in the "market for art".


  • misc paint brushes
  • watercolor paint trays - you could use recycled yogurt lids but we don't eat yogurt and these are prettier
  • Canson Montval Aquarelle Watercolor 140lb Paper

I used Handmade Homeschool's supply list to get me started.


  • Staedtler Artist Carving Block because some cold winter day I want to do this
  • Paper clips! (from Staples) These were Brienne's reward for reading 3 books. My kids LOVE craft and paper supplies.


  • Seth Cole brand (it was what the art store had) archival paper pads
  • Staedtler fine-tipped black markers
  • Extra green, brown and blue markers - these are smelly I wish I choose differently

These supplies were all bought in preparation for our weekly drawing lessons which we start next week.

the first lesson involves marker play

Drawing Lessons

I don't know who is more excited about these lessons, the kids or myself.

You see, I AM LEARNING how to draw too. Me, the person who has always said "I can't draw to save my life". Well I refuse to believe that anymore. And I figure what better place to start then with a drawing book for children.

I am using the book Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes to teach us all how to draw.

These are sit down lessons I am doing with the children every Thursday afternoon, and I can see already this will be one of the highlights of our week. It's so peaceful, creative and we are all doing it together.

(Post-Script: I've added this note years after using this book with my kids. In this post I originally linked to a lesson-plan structure I followed to teach the book content. I didn't find the book lessons to be very user-friendly. Unfortunately, that link is no longer valid but I've found these sources which you may find helpful if you decide to try "Drawing with Children". Using Drawing with Children and Drawing with Children using the Monart Method.

For the record, we didn't continue with drawing lessons for many months. Like many of my "lesson-based" homeschool ideas, I found the lessons difficult to maintain, over the course of months.)

This book has been recommended to me by friends and in on-line research and its basic premise is anyone, even you, can learn how to draw. Well, when I read that I said "sign me up, I'm ready". This was the book I reading, by the way, in August (while at the beach with the kiddos) that got me fired up for a new school year.

Last week was our first lesson and I will be sure to let you know how it goes. Laurent is already an amazing artist, for his age. But even people without innate artistic talent can draw (beyond stick figures) if they learn the basic elements of shape and how to put them together.

So this is where we are at for art supplies and art practice. The freedom to explore these interests and spend time together drawing is just one of the things I love about homeschooling. 

How about you? What creativity are you enjoying these days?

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  • Kika

    Kika on Sept. 17, 2009, 4:40 a.m.

    This past Friday we all tried our hand at a mixed-media project involving watercolors, ink and oil pastels (on watercolor paper). I got the idea in the spring from a story book which incorporated these three media. Anyways, it was fun, even though my two older kids' end results are much nicer than my own.


  • Jenn

    Jenn on Sept. 17, 2009, 3:46 p.m.

    art is daily here, has been for years...i guess my kiddos get it from their's born into them...LOL...but every time i walk by the kids they are reading or drawing, so i don't say "let's do art!" very often...



    • renee

      renee on Sept. 17, 2009, 4:42 p.m.

      Sounds very similar to here. But with these actual drawing "lessons" I'm hoping to teach those of us family members with less innate talent (or maybe it's just me!) how to hone our drawing skills to be applied to whatever our other interests are. I love having an home of creating!


  • heather

    heather on Dec. 15, 2009, 3:11 a.m.

    I think this is a great recreation for kids. it doesnt only stimulate their creativity but also widens their imagination. A great topic for our dinner group to discuss!

    Heather (dinner trader)


  • Dena Lester

    Dena Lester on Feb. 7, 2014, 7:09 a.m.

    Its a wonderful post!!

    Branded art supplies gives a perfect layout to any drawing forms. Drawing classes teaches how to use all the art supplies for a particular art form and which techniques are used for starting any art form.


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