The BEST Value in Art Supplies for Children and Adults: Part 1

The BEST Value in Art Supplies for Children and Adults

Part One: Early Childhood

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5-8 years Old

Craft Materials:

Once your child is old enough to reliably not eat or stick his art supplies up his nose, this is a great time to start stocking some basic craft supplies to broaden out his inventiveness and visceral and tactile engagement. I like the classics, puff balls, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, rounded out with household recyclables like egg cartons, plastic jars, old socks, paper bags, etc. Purchasing an inexpensive kit that includes all of the above, like the example on the right, is a great way to get started, but beware… she will use all the things in about 3 1/2 minutes. This is fun. Once.

Once they, (and you,) are hooked, you’ll want to slowly start stocking up in bulk on a few key supplies, like the examples to the right. You’ll want to be strategic, for example, only putting a small amount out at a time. But remember, it’s not the materials that are precious, it’s the creativity that develops from them, so don’t fuss. Also, don’t be afraid to rescue those pompoms and pipe cleaners from the dog’s collar and put them back in their container for reuse!

Art Materials

Art supplies are a bit different than craft materials. Though there is no clear division between craft and art, basic art supplies will be geared toward mark making, which develops intuitive sensibilities toward art elements like line, color, pattern, composition and proportion. As your child’s brain develops, a keener sense of observation and increasing attention to detail, begin to show up in his pictures.

I can’t overemphasize the importance of having decent quality materials at hand. I don’t mean expensive supplies, but carefully chosen, good quality, responsive materials that are satisfying to use— effectively laying down expressive color and line without a struggle. Over the years supplying my own two children, I’ve discovered some great, high quality materials that I’ve shared with you here.

I like to start with one or two basics- markers and crayons, for example, and slowly add new materials for gift giving opportunities. You can’t go wrong with a basic set of Crayola crayons. I love giving kids the choice of as many colors as possible. It’s interesting to see what they are drawn to, and the diversity of colors makes the final product more interesting.

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Elizabeth Wiley

Elizabeth Robinson is a Ceramic Artist, Designer, Arts Advocate, Community Organizer, Business-woman, Wife and Mother.  Her studio is located in Rangely, CO, an isolated town in the high desert mesa country of Northwestern Colorado. Elizabeth is an internationally recognized ceramic artist, whose artwork is represented in galleries nationwide and included in numerous invitational exhibitions; she works with a clients and customers locally and across the country. Though she wears many hats, her work is always centered around the intimacy of home life and domestic rituals, it's intersection with community and the public sphere, and the construction of identity. These interests, on the surface disparate, manifest in the diverse body of work you see on this site.