The Class Materials

It is so fun to have the materials list officially posted!  I know some of you have been anxiously awaiting this list so you could start gathering supplies.  I LOVE your enthusiasm.  Since one of my main goals for the class is to educate parents about art supplies, I will be posting more information about these materials in the next few days.  If you are starting from scratch with buying materials and you do not want to break the bank then I recommend just starting with the basics.... level 1 acrylic paint, children's tempera paint, crayons, markers, watercolors, oil pastels and paint brushes.  You will be able to do many of the projects with just those items.

Here it is!!!:

Oil Pastels
Watercolor paints
Children’s tempera paint
Acrylic Paint and gloves (I recommend level 1 paints.... more info to come later this week)
Liquid watercolor: blue, yellow, red
White construction paper
White yarn
Canvas or Paper or Canvas Panels or a little mix of all (more info to come)
Spray bottle with water in it
Paintbrushes of all sizes and palette knife
Petroleum jelly
Colored construction paper
Child safety scissors
Glue stick
Paper cup
Beaded necklace
Acrylic molding paste
Material scraps
Yes paste - or just glue
Acrylic light molding paste
Texture rollers
Bio–color paint 

I also recommend these books to go along with the weekly themes:
Color: Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh
Line: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Shape: It Looked like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
Texture: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

One quick note.... have you told your children's preschool teachers or elementary teachers about my site?  I feel passionate about incorporating art into education.  I am in charge of our local elementary school's Art Exhibition Night next year and I am already thinking of fundraising ideas that will make it possible for each child in the school to paint a canvas to be on display for the exhibition.  I am also scheduled to visit 3 different classrooms before the end of May to talk about art and to make paintings.  I am passionate about art and it's benefits for children.  I love to share my enthusiasm with teachers.  


  1. sounds great I have most of these so I won't need to buy much :)

    Can't wait to start.

  2. bio color paint is awesome here is my review in case any one wants to know more about it: http://lettersnumbersandbooksohmy.blogspot.com/2010/04/bio-color-paint.html

  3. I'm so exited about your class...can wait to start!
    just a small question? are the texture rollers a special kind? where I can find them?

  4. I've been wanting to get my kids tempera paints, but where is a good place to get those? I checked hobby lobby and believe it or not, didn't find them. only 'washable paint'.

  5. I have so many questions! What size canvas and/or art board? Would gouache work for the liquid watercolor? How much moulding paste will we use? So excited to start rounding this stuff up!

  6. Thanks A LOT... for this great idea... I'm a mother of three, in Miami Beach... not too happy with the art aproach of our public schools. You have save us!!!

    thanks againg!!!

  7. Thank you so much for your questions... I will explain more in the next couple days but I thought I would quickly answer these questions..... I love the texture brushes from Lakeshore Learning. Check those out, I know they are sold at other children's art supply stores as well. I will go into more detail tomorrow. I also love Lakeshore's tempera paint - but I have found that there is not a big difference between the different brands of tempera. I also like the brands that are sold at Michaels. If you are wondering whether or not to buy the washable paint - I prefer the non-washable paint. I is just more like acrylic. Washable paint is just not as pretty - so decide whether you are more concerned about stains in clothes. If you are buying the paint for a child that is 3 and under I would go with washable. Also we will only be using the liquid watercolor for a couple projects - and you can substitute regular watercolor that you mix with water or gouache. I have not looked into the safety of the gouache so I recommend doing some research about whether children should use gloves when using the product - and of course supervise the child with the products. I love children's liquid watercolor - I had to include it in the materials list. Thanks for your great questions! I love them.

  8. I've got two 4 year olds, and a 5 year old, and we will be following along with your online art classes. I'm so excited. I've long neglected art because of the mess, but no more! I'm ready to dive in. Thanks for offering such a great program.

  9. you can also make any non washable paint washable (or more washable) by adding a few drops of dish soap with out messing up the media and texture of the paint.

  10. I'd love to join in your online class. I'm planning to do it with my 2 and 4 year olds, but I'm sure my 6, 7, and 8 year olds will want to participate also. How many days per week the class be?

    Melissa :)

  11. this is wonderful - I'm so excited to do this - has anyone ordered the supplies & have a guestimated total? I'm guessing I'll just order from discount school supply & was wondering how bad the "damage" will be ;-). I'll be doing this with my 2 & 5 year olds at home & possibly using some of the lessons in my 2's class (~12 kids)

  12. Hi Dani, I was wondering if you had any pointers for easy, inexpensive ways to display the art. Stretched canvases, I'm assuming you just hang on the wall. What do you do about paper paintings and canvas board?

  13. Hi Dani,
    I'm so excited about the art class starting up...I have been wanting to incorporate more art time for my kiddos, but as I'm not very artistic am often at a loss. Finding your blog was so fabulous!! I have been counting the days & am excited to start gathering supplies!

    I saw your statement about thinking about fundraising for your school...I might have an idea that can help - drop me an email if you get a chance, and I can give you more info.

    thanks again for hosting the class!

  14. I just found out about your site---wow, just what I was looking for! Is there a way to follow this blog in a reader or subscribe to it? I'd love to keep up with what you do.

  15. I love your willingness to share your talent and passion with families. I am just curious what to expect with these on-line classes. Will there be videos? Will it be a written out lesson plan? Do you watch something with our child? Can we do the lesson whenever we want or must it be done at a certain time? In summary, what is an on-line class exactly?

  16. I will be explaining exactly what you should expect for the online class this Friday the 11th. It is pretty simple. I will post pictures of the steps and how to complete the projects and what materials you would need. All of the projects will be easily explained through text and pictures and there will be no need for video. You are welcome to go at your own speed but I will only leave all the instructions up for a limited time to encourage people to buy the PDF.

  17. The list looks great. Can you make each item in it link to the post you wrote about it? That would be really helpful. Thanks so much for doing this!

  18. My son Nicholas who's almost 3 and I will be following along!!! I'm a graphic designer and lucky for me have most of the materials listed. This will put them to excellent use! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! :)