Back to School: New Art Students
It's that "back to school" time of year, and that means the purchase of school supplies. For new art students, now's the time to make sure that you have all the basic art supplies that every art student needs. Let's run through the list.
We'll first mention a few things that don't sound particularly glamorous or exciting or particularly artsy yet are essential to have on hand. A few of those things include safety glasses or goggles, a dust mask, ear plugs, flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, a utility knife, an X-Acto knife, and an array of rulers. In addition, some sort of tackle box or tool kit for storage is essential.
Now we'll examine a few other essentials beginning with some way to store and transport your works—essentially, a portfolio. You might want to discuss with your instructors what sort of portfolio would be best for you at this stage of your artistic endeavors. What will be going into that portfolio? Usually some sort of paper. If charcoal is your medium (which is a common medium for starters), you'll want a charcoal pad. These pads are great for all dry media. Watercolor paper can be used for dry mediums, too, in addition to, obviously, watercolors. Tracing pads can be useful for tracing images, as the name implies, but also for sketching, preliminary drawings, and overlays.
Speaking of sketches, numerous sketch books are available that can help you get your vision onto paper. Similarly, drawing pads can be very useful for an array of artistic projects. Also good for sketching, drawing, and just doodling are newsprint pads.
New art students typically delve deeply into the world of charcoal, which can include paper, vine or compressed charcoal, charcoal pencils, kneaded or gum/white erasers, and blending stumps. And sticking with the idea of drawing, a selection of inks is a must, too, along with plenty of pencils, pens, and some white Conte crayons.
With those essentials, you're ready to be an art student. Of course more, specialized materials will be in order at some point, but the above items will definitely get you started. But finally, you are a student, so that means learning. With that in mind check out our previous art tip about five essential books that every artist should read. Now, go be creative!