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Materials

Types of Pencil Lead

Types of Pencil Lead

Pencils

Professional graphite has different softness.  B designation are soft, giving a heavy line.  H are hard. By giving each child a 2H and 2B pencil, they can begin learning about graphite.

Sharpeners and Erasers

Each child gets a Prismacolor Magic Rub eraser which is generally very kind to paper. I would also suggest a kneaded eraser for erasing tiny things, but this I don’t provide.

I am not picky about sharpeners.  I just don’t want anything that leaves a mess.  I provide a sharpener with a little reservoir for shavings.  These should be unscrewed on occasion and emptied.

Erasers and Sharpeners

Erasers and Sharpeners

Markers

I also provide a black marker for doing finishes over the pencils.  These can be Tombows or Microns, my two favorites.  This time around, each student will get an off brand brush marker. Markers also come in a variety of sizes.

Color Markers

I will not provide color markers, although in covid-free times, I have lots of markers for the entire class.  Water based or alcohol markers are best for kids.  Alcohol based markers are my favorites.

Colored Pencils

Colored Pencils

Colored Pencils

I plan on putting colored pencils into each pouch.  To keep down costs, I originally planned on cannibalizing a set like this one in the picture, giving each child a different set of colors.  I have since managed to find a very cheap set of ten markers I can put in each student’s class pouch.  This is good since now every pouch contains the exact same material.  That being said,  I encourage student to come to class with materials from home like, say, a big fancy set of many colored pencils.

Light Board

I have a number of light boards available for class use in the Schoolhouse.  Light boards and tracing paper are not only important for learning how to draw, they are fun to use.

I have at home a light weight USB light board which I bought for $20 from Amazon.   I highly recommend these for children.   They are rugged, portable and effective.   You take the original drawing and tape it to the board.   Over that, you tape a piece of bond paper in order to trace.

Light Board

Light Board

Happy Cartooning!

The more you draw, the better you get!