Art Department: Foundation Year Art Supplies

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Erica Verbas

Illustration major, Religious Studies minor
Studied in Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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The following is a partial list of the most widely used art supplies during Foundation Year. Students are encouraged to purchase these items prior to the beginning of their first fall semester.

Basic supplies needed for the Fall Semester 

  1. Drawing board-large enough to hold 18” x 24” drawing paper (masonite or wood) - masonite is sturdy but lightweight 
  2. Portfolio (Vinyl or Manila) the manila is less expensive, but will get you through the year 
  3. Newsprint tablet 18” x 24” 
  4. All-purpose white drawing paper 18” x 24” 
  5. Bristol Pad 11” x 14” 
  6. Sketch pad, 100 sheets, 9” x 12” (possible visual journal) 
  7. Graphite lead pencils 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B 
  8. Ebony pencils (soft, rich, black) 
  9. Black Prismacolor pencils (4) 
  10. Conté crayon various colors (make sure they are soft) 
  11. Square compressed charcoal sticks (1 box)
  12. Black India Ink (waterproof) such as Higgins 1 fl. Oz. 
  13. Winsor and Newton designer’s gouache - Primary set of six-14 ml 
  14. Flat brush for watercolor (sheep/nylon head will cost less than sable) 
  15. Two watercolor brushes pointed round, No. 4 and No. 6 (same as above) 
  16. Primary colors (red, yellow, blue) student grade acrylic craft paint set in small 2 oz plastic squeeze bottles
  17. Secondary colors (orange, green, violet) student grade acrylic craft paint set in small 2 oz plastic squeeze bottles
  18. Small plant misting bottle
  19. Heavy duty aluminum foil (1 roll)
  20. Kneaded erasers (2) 
  21. Pink pearl erasers (2) 
  22. White eraser (2)
  23. Masking tape 
  24. White artists tape 
  25. X-Acto knife and a 100 pack of #11 Blades
  26. Utility knife and a pack of blades 
  27. Scissors
  28. Glue stick
  29. Double Sided Adhesive Tape (aka Tape runner), permanent holds better than removable
  30. Spray glue (aka Spray mount)
  31. 24” Stainless Steel Center Finding Ruler
  32. Six 9”x 12” or larger Matboards, 1-2 ply, black or white only (for mounting 8.5x11 works)
  33. USB drive or external hard drive for transporting digital files
  34. Sketchbook for your Foundation Year Visual Journal
  35. Pacer points for printing on campus through the PaperCut “Follow Me” system
  36. Sketch box or tackle box for containing/carrying supplies

Supplies for Art 212 (3-D Design): 

  1. Hot glue gun and “dual temp” glue sticks 
  2. Three (3) disposable dust masks 
  3. Safety goggles or glasses 
  4. Sandpaper (assorted pack), fine, medium, and coarse

Where to Purchase

In addition to this basic list, each teacher may have specific requirements or suggestions, such as purchasing from a supplies list on,, or another art supply store.

Note: Supplies specific to other foundation year courses can be viewed in the Foundation Student Guidebook. REV 3/2021