Drawing on the Surface

Instructor: Alicia Rothman



Materials List


Ebony Pencil, number 2 pencils, charcoal pencils

6B is the softest pencil for a dark rich black line, 6H is the hardest for sharp lines



Pencil sharpener,Mat knife

Sticks of compressed charcoal or charcoal pencils, black or sepia conté crayon, graphite

1 pink pearl eraser, 1 kneaded eraser

Bamboo brush, synthetic hair or bristle brush that is 2 inches wide

Black India ink and/or sepia ink and a small jar for water

roll of masking tape

Paper towels or rag

Small ruler 6” or 12”

Reed pen, steel pen and small and medium size round soft brushes (2)  can be synthetic (sable is very expensive) a 2” wide bristle brush from a hardware store

Small jar of acrylic gesso and a small extra jar

Sandpaper- 100 grit and 400 grit



Pad of standard white drawing paper approximately 14” x 17” or 11” x 14”

Small Sketch book or 9x12” pad of paper

One sheet of Rives white 22 x 30” (printmaking paper)

One 19x24” approximately sheet of smooth surface paper such as Basingwerk

Note: All sizes are approximate



Brown wrapping paper

Pad of newsprint paper approximately 16” x 20” or just bring a few sheets if you have them


Suggested Art Supply Stores:

New York Central Art Supply - 62 3rd Ave (212) 473-7705

Utrecht - 21 East 13th Street (212) 924-4136

Dick Blick Art Materials - 1 Bond St (212) 533-2444

DaVinci Art Supply - 132 West 21st Street (212) 871-0220


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


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