My watercolor paper dilemma got me thinking about art materials. My husband is an art teacher and between the two of us we have tried out a lot of what Blick and Discount School Supply have to offer. I have tried to cut corners due to budget restrictions but am often then really disappointed (these liquid watercolors are my exception – they are amazing!). It is frustrating as I want to be able to offer my students the best but in order to do this I would have to raise tuition dramatically.
Through trial and error I have finally settled on my favorite pencils and crayons. They are certainly not cheap but they seem to last forever so I think that in the long run the money is very well spent. The Lyra Giant pencils are beautiful. They are chunky and therefore easy for little fingers to grip. They highly pigmented, therefore giving a richly rewarding coloring experience (sounds like a blurb sorry, but it actually comes from me!). The children love them as they are so satisfying to use. They seem soft but rarely need sharpening…..not sure how they manage that?!?
My favorite crayons are without a doubt the Stockmar beeswax crayons. We are currently only using the blocks but they make sticks as well. The design means you can easily cover large areas, but also use the corners to make lines and detailing. The pigments are rich and they really do last for years, even with very heavy use. The big plus for me is that they simply will not break, no matter how hard you try! Oh yes and they smell of beeswax which adds to the sensory experience.
Well, it is getting late so I will continue this post tomorrow. The students today were having such fun drawing that I took photos and notes to share with you. until tomorrow……