Course Supplies

Art 1600 — Design Foundations I

Supplies and Materials

  1. *** Pencils: 2b, 4b, 6b drawing pencils (traditional wood or newer woodless)  
    [Helpful, but not required:  Layout crayons (conté type), charcoal pencils.]

  2. *** Pens:  fine point, rounded point, and large black felt-tip markers.
    [Helpful, but not required:  Technical pens or quill pens,]

  3. *** Designer Markers  Prismacolor—20% cool gray; 50% cool gray; 80% cool gray or similar. More shades are helpful. Both colored markers and gray markers are available in sets.
    (suggested:Clear Blender
    – for transferring laser printed text.

  4. *** Sketch Pad (14x17). (e.g. Strathmore 400, or other general multimedia drawing paper.) (exclusively for this course)
  5. *** Erasers – the white pearl type and a kneaded eraser (blue-gray).

  6. Scissors, X-acto knife, ruler (steel ruler is best, a metal edged is OK). […and helpful, but not required:  matt knife, swivel knife.]

  7. Stick glue, rubber cement, masking tape.
    [May be helpful, but not required:  double stick scotch tape, Elmer's glue, spray adhesive.]

    NOTE: the following supplies might be purchased on an "as needed" basis.
    That is, individual assignments may use them, but these will not be used for every assignment.

  8. Tracing paper (20 sheets) or a "layout" pad. (at least 9x12)

  9. Markable acetate/transparency sheets (10+) will be used for design studies.

  10. White-out/Liquid Paper (or white acrylic paint) – very handy.

  11. Construction paper (black, grey, & white; approx. 10 sheets each)
    [Optional:  pastel colors, bright colors.]

  12. Mattboard, Presentation board, and Foamcore.  (Some projects are to be formally presented—matted, mounted, backed and labeled.)

  13. 20+ sheets of white or black poster board or mattboard or presentation board (for mounting your work)

  14. CD-Rs and/or memory key may be helpful for transferring and saving any computer-based work you choose to do.

  15. Art supply box, tackle box or shoe box for supplies.  [recommended] 

  16. [Helpful, but not required:  Wet media — acrylics and/or watercolors, aquarelle-type colored pencils, brushes, ink, palette, water containers, etc. ]

  17. Large paper portfolio (22x30), available in bookstore.  [also, a spare LARGE trash bag is handy for those occasional rainy due dates.]

  18. Final project requires either a 9x12 drawing pad, or sheets bound to make a nature study book.   [plastic comb binding is popular]

  19.  NOTE:  during the semester you will be able to leave supplies in the classroom in the large drawers along the south wall.  However, those drawers DO NOT LOCK and are shared with other students.  [ Drawers are just over 4” tall.]
    You can also get a smaller lockable drawer in Art 212 (3.5" x 20" x 27"). You'll need to talk to the Art Dept. secretary and leave a $5 key deposit.

NOTE:  Some additional supplies may be needed.  Some projects allow you to select whatever materials that are appropriate to your own design.


Optional supplies may be suggested or may be necessary for individual projects.


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