Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Instructor: Julia Hickey

Necessary: 

  • A few Prismacolor Ebony pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Hard eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Black conte crayon or compressed charcoal
  • White conte crayon or compressed charcoal
  • Masking tape
  • Vine charcoal
  • 18” x 24” paper-- “sketching” quality sufficient; or “drawing” quality if you want nice paper for longer drawings. 
  • 18” x 24” newsprint paper for very fast and warm-up sketches
  • 18” x 24” Strathmore charcoal paper, with label “ASSORTED TINTS” (this paper comes in colors and can be used in lieu of toning the paper yourself for a gray or mid-toned background) You will only need a handful of sheets, so you could split this with other students. Sold at Blick. 
  • Paper towels or chamois for toning paper
  • Black india ink and brush

Optional: 

  • Portable drawing board, 23” x 26” 
  • Tube or carrying case for drawings. 
  • Any pencils of varying hardness that you want to try (2H, F, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B etc. The softer the pencil, the darker the line.)

*Additional materials for subsequent classes will be discussed during the first class.

Suggested Art Supply Stores:
Blick — 1-5 Bond Street

Some of these stores will give you a student discount if you present your Cooper Union Continuing Education registration receipt.

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