COLORED PENCIL SET — at least a 36 - 48 pencil set

Best brands: Bruynzeel Design; Caran d’Ache Pablo or Luminance; Derwent Procolour, Artist, Studio or Coloursoft; Faber-Castell Polychromos; Koh-I-Noor Polycolor or Tri-Tone; Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor; Blick Studio; Soho Urban Artist; Prismacolor Premier Soft Core. (Not watercolor pencils. Avoid student grade or generic pencils) Best selection is available Blick Art Materials, Tampa; AOE Supply, Tampa, or by mail order (Blick Art Materials –; Jerry’s Artarama - Some brands available at Office Depot or Staples, Michaels or JoAnn Fabric & Crafts – use coupons whenever possible!

Faber-Castell “PERFECTION 7058” INK ERASER (Provided in class for new students)

A typing/ink eraser that sharpens like a pencil.



H or HB (#2) lead or whatever you prefer

DRAWING PAPER (All new students receive a Stonehenge pad)

Most basic is a pad of vellum (not “smooth”) bristol paper, 9 x 12" or 11 x 14".

Other choices include colored Stonehenge, pastel papers such as Canson Mi-Tientes, UArt, Colourfix or cold-press illustration board. (Plain sketchbook paper is not recommended for colored pencil; it’s OK for preliminary drawing.)


If buying electric, choose the kind with a spiral cutter, not a single blade. Office supply stores have their own brands and other choices.

MASKING TAPE or clear tape

DRAWING BOARD for support

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES (nice to have but NOT necessary):

Colorless blender pencils: Derwent, Prismacolor Colorless Blender or Lyra "Splender" blender

X-Acto knife (or similar small craft knife)

colorless blender markers (made by Prismacolor and others)

popsicle stick and/or golf tee (yes, really!)

chamois (a piece about 6" square)

various other erasers

tracing paper

graphite transfer paper

blending stump (pointed blending tool made of tightly rolled paper)

workable fixative ( recommended to prevent “bloom” on finished work)

some students bring a table easel for proper viewing angle. (Floor easels are available in studio)


Have good, clear references. You may want to have an outline drawing ready before class. Pre-printed projects will be available for beginners.