Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Materials for the 1st day:  18x24 paper pad, Eboni pencil, Staedtler eraser

Necessary materials for further classes: 

  • Prismacolor Ebony pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Hard eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Black conte crayon or compressed charcoal
  • Masking tape or clips to hold paintings to drawing boards
  • 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. Not necessary to buy if you want to use “sketching” or “drawing” quality paper for everything. 
  • Higgins Waterproof Black Ink (will discuss in class)
  • Economy set of synthetic brushes for acrylics (will discuss in class)


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