- Drawing & Painting Paper: I love the 76 lb Tru-Ray Drawing Paper also called sulfite paper. It is a perfect weight for drawing with pencil, oil pastel and painting with tempera paints.
- Watercolor Paper: Buy the cheapest school-grade paper you can find. Children draw with crayon and oil pastels on watercolor paper and it’s easier to draw on a smoother surface. Expensive papers tend to have a highly textured surface which isn’t necessarily what you need for children’s art. I like Canson’s Watercolor Paper Packs.
- Tempera Paint: I love Crayola Washable Tempera Paint and have used it almost exclusively in my art room since I began teaching. Other brands might work as well, but this brand has always delivered a high quality experience.
- Cake Tempera Paint: Cake tempera paints are the paints that look like big blocks of watercolor paints but they have an opaque finish. They deliver a lovely painting experience but tend to dry to a chalky finish. Still, they are a great paint to have with young kids and classrooms. I’ve heard Alphacolor Biggies are great, but I have only used the Blick Tempera Paints. They work great for me.
- Brushes: A good brush makes all the difference in kid’s art. The brush should be soft, yet firm and have a good quality handle. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money. I love Royal Langnickel Big Kid Choice Brushes. They have a variety of brush sizes and tip options so make sure to scroll through their options. I buy the small, medium and large round tip brushes (green plastic handle) plus a medium and large flat tip brush (red plastic handle).
- Oil Pastels: I buy Sakura Oil Pastels. They affordable and don’t smudge when wet. They also allow me the option of buying individual black and white which I use in abundance.
- Chalk Pastels: The best chalk pastels I have purchased were the most inexpensive. I love the classroom pack of Sargent Art Square Chalk Pastels. They do kick up some dust but I love the rich color they produce.
- Watercolor Paint Sets: I love the refillable 16-color sets from Crayola.
- Liquid Watercolor Paints: If you love painting with children you must purchase liquid watercolor paints. You can read why I absolutely love them HERE. I don’t favor any particular brand as they do seem quite similar. The Blick Liquid Watercolor Brand does give you the option of buying a small 4 oz jar, which is great when you just want to try a few.
- Markers: Crayola Broad Tip Marker for budgets and classrooms and Prismacolor Markers when your budget has more wiggle room.
Best Life Practices:
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Favorite Kid’s Art:
Best Book for Alexander Calder: Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder
Best Book for Henri Matisse: Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse,
Best Book for Paul Klee: The Cat and The Bird
Best Book Pablo Picasso: The Three Musicians: A Children’s Book Inspired by Pablo Picasso
Best Book Edgar Degas: Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt’s Artists Books for Children)
Best Book Paul Cézanne: Cezanne and the Apple Boy
Best Book Vincent Van Gogh: Camille and the Sunflowers
Best Book Hundertwasser: Hundertwasser for Kids: Harvesting Dreams
Best Book Frida Khalo: Me, Frida
Best Book Marc Chagall: Journey on a Cloud: A Children’s Book Inspired by Marc Chagall
Best Book for Wassily Kandinsky: The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock and Mary Grandpré
Marie Forleo’s B-School Online business and marketing e-course that launches once a year in March. I took this course last year and learned so much. So much in fact that it takes nearly a year of constant effort to implement. Best part? Lifetime access so I can go back anytime I need to.
Blog Clarity Classes Creating content, understanding social media and monetizing your blog. Short, doable classes that are perfect for beginning bloggers.
A Beautiful Mess Online Classes I’ve taken the Blog Life class and really enjoyed how transparent these girls are. Love their energy and business savvy.
Creating Art Online Classes with Alisa Burke This lady is the real deal. She walks the walks and delivers her artful experiences through her blog and online classes. Affordable and beautiful.
Elembee Website designer that delivers a ton of free information for making your WordPress blog work for you.
I am not an experienced photographer or a videographer but creating content for my site through these mediums is both challenging and fun. I bought the basic Canon Rebel DSLR and added just one lens, a “nifty-fifty” prime lens to get started taking better photos. I’m slowly adding lens and learning more about taking better shots.
Here’s what I use:
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera LensThis is also called a nifty-fifty. It’s a great lens for taking really close-up pictures and to achieve a really pretty booked (the soft blurry background you see in great pictures). The drawback is that it is a prime lens which means you are the zoom. You must step back to get everything in the frame.
Canon 5178B002 EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens for Canon EF CamerasThis is the lens I use for 80% of my pictures. It’s the one I use for every classroom picture as it has a low aperture setting and has a wider view compared to the nifty-fifty.
Audio Technica PRO88W-R35 Wireless Lavalier System with ATR3350mW Omnidirectional Mic, 170 MHzI used to use a very inexpensive, clip-on wired microphone for all of my e-course videos. Now I use this system. It’s easy to set up and the sound quality is so much better. Helps to have it wireless as well.
Manfrotto 131D Side Arm for Tripods with 2 heads on 90- DegreeThis allows me to shoot down onto my art paper.
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