Drawing on Location Supply List

Materials for the FIRST class session:

  • Pad of all-purpose sketch paper 18"x24" (not newsprint)
  • Compressed charcoal (Many different kinds. Bring whatever you have or what you think you would like to use)
  • Vine stick charcoal  (thick or thin)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Plastic or hard rubber eraser
  • Sharpeners: single edge razor blade, sandpaper
  • Rigid board with bull clips to provide extra support for your drawing pad. 1/2" foam core is very lightweight and highly recommended

Materials for subsequent classes:

  • Black Drawing Ink
  • 2 water containers
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Brushes: Winsor & Newton Septer Series, #14 round, synthetic/natural  
  • Blend is recommended, or what ever you have on hand (the larger the better)
  • A smaller pad or paper for sketching at home and for some class assignments.
  • Charcoal paper - one sheet of black and one of a middle value such as gray or beige (or purchase a pad of neutral colored charcoal paper)
  • Chalk pastel, white and two complimentary colors such as blue and orange or red and green, purple and yellow
  • Pencils (4B and any other pencils that you have)
  • Optional:  graphite sticks (various sizes and shapes)
  • Ballpoint and felt-tip pens
  • 2 large bull clips and rigid board to clip your drawing pad to (1/2" foam core is light weight and highly recommended)
  • Shammy or paper blending stumps (optional)


  • 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.