Little Artist Starter Pack

By Terre Jenkins, director of Stone Branch School of Art, Rockville, Maryland

(Kerry Doring)


(Note: Choose nontoxic materials, avoid small parts and aim for reputable brands for safety.)

  • Sketchbooks (Canson)
  • Pencils
  • Pastels
  • Crayons (Crayola Ultra Clean Washable markers)
  • Watercolor pencils (Faber-Castell)
  • Solid Tempera Paint sticks (good for children learning motor skills)

Teens and Tweens

  • Sketching pencils that provide both soft and hard leads (Windsor and Newton set)
  • Prismacolor Premier colored pencils
  • Sketchbook (Canson)
  • Micron pens
  • No bake Das Stone airdry clay or sculpty clay
  • Prang Pan paints or Solid Tempera Paint sticks
  • Mixed media paper (Dick Blick)

Books (All levels)

  • “The Artist’s Guide to Drawing Realistic Animals” by Doug Lindstrand
  • “The Master Guide to Drawing Anime” by Christopher Hart
  • “Dragonart Evolution: How to Draw Everything Dragon” by Jessica Peffer
  • “How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students,” written and illustrated by Catherine V. Holmes


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