Drawing on Location Supply List

Judith Simonian    


Materials for the FIRST class session:

pad of all-purpose drawing paper (not newsprint) 18x24"

vine stick

compressed charcoal


2 bull clips

A lightweight portable stool is desirable but not required


Materials for subsequent classes:

  • Large pad of all-purpose drawing paper (not newsprint) 18x24"
  • A smaller pad or paper for sketching at home and for some class assignments.
  • Vine charcoal, several thin sticks and some that are 1⁄2" in diameter.
  • Compressed charcoal (many different kinds. Bring whatever you think you would like to use)
  • Chalk pastel, white and two complimentary colors such as blue and orange or red and green, purple and yellow
  • Erasers: kneaded and plastic or hard rubber
  • Black waterproof Drawing Ink
  • Brushes: Winsor & Newton Septer Series,  #14 round, synthetic/natural blend is recommended, or what ever round, pointed brush you have on hand (the larger the better)
  • Pencils (4B and any other pencils that you have), optional:  graphite sticks
  • Sharpeners: single edge razor blade, sandpaper         
  • Ballpoint and felt-tip pens
  • 2 large bull clips and a light weight foam core (1/2”) board to clip your drawing pad to (highly recommended)


Suggested supply stores:

New York Central Art Supply: 62 Third Avenue

Dick Blick: 1-5 Bond Street

DaVinci Art Supply: 137 East 23rd St.


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

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.