Information for Parents
In my cartooning classes, I try to provide the most basic tools that a professional cartoonist would use, given the five dollars per child stipend allowed by the West Hartford Art League. This is a general overview of what will be available to each child attending a physical class.
I provide pencils, erasers, markers, pencil sharpeners and colored pencils as well as paper, which is generally printer paper.
Since pandemic precautions are in effect, there is no sharing of materials. Each child gets everything in their own pouch.
Pouches are left at school and used during class time. At the end of the full session, every student goes home with their pouch full of stuff. Note that two pencils are in each pouch, a 2H and a 2B.
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.
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.
The more you draw, the better you get!