New Art Supplies
I'm excited to share with you the most recent additions to our homeschool art supplies, which we are building up slowly bit by bit (as with everything in our lives).
Last year's start-of-the-school-year purchases were Prismacolor markers, colored pencils, watercolor colored pencils, artstix and pastels. By far the items that have been used the most have been the markers and colored pencils. The rest, not so much, but they don't "go stale" so when the inspiration strikes at least the tools will be at hand.
For the past 6 months I've kept a running list of supplies I've wanted to buy after reading blogs and seeing what cool art kids and mamas are creating. This list informed my purchases this time around.
If you are local you should check out Spiller's Art Supplies in Lisbon. I haven't shopped around a great deal but for the little I have done I thought the prices on these items were fantastic, plus great service and no shipping! I recommend a trip there if you are in the "market for art".
- misc paint brushes
- watercolor paint trays - you could use recycled yogurt lids but we don't eat yogurt and these are prettier
- Canson Montval Aquarelle Watercolor 140lb Paper
I used Handmade Homeschool's supply list to get me started.
- Staedtler Artist Carving Block because some cold winter day I want to do this
- Paper clips! (from Staples) These were Brienne's reward for reading 3 books. My kids LOVE craft and paper supplies.
- Seth Cole brand (it was what the art store had) archival paper pads
- Staedtler fine-tipped black markers
- Extra green, brown and blue markers - these are smelly I wish I choose differently
These supplies were all bought in preparation for our weekly drawing lessons which we start next week.
the first lesson involves marker play
I don't know who is more excited about these lessons, the kids or myself.
You see, I AM LEARNING how to draw too. Me, the person who has always said "I can't draw to save my life". Well I refuse to believe that anymore. And I figure what better place to start then with a drawing book for children.
I am using the book Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes to teach us all how to draw. These are actual sit down lessons (I'm roughly following this format) I am doing with the children every Thursday afternoon and I can see already this will be one of the highlights of our week. It's so peaceful, creative and we are all doing it together.
This book has been recommended to me by friends and in on-line research and its basic premise is anyone, even you, can learn how to draw. Well, when I read that I said "sign me up, I'm ready". This by the way was the book I read in August (while at the beach with the kiddos) that got me fired up for a new school year.
Last week was our first lesson and I will be sure to let you know how it goes. Laurent is already an amazing artist, for his age. But even people without innate artistic talent can draw (beyond stick figures) if they learn the basic elements of shape and how to put them together.
So this is where we are at for art supplies and art practice. The freedom to explore these interests and spend time together drawing is just one of the things I love about homeschooling.
Brienne's reading reward was paper clips
Laurent chose a paint-by-numbers - fun stuff!
How about you? What creativity are you enjoying these days?