SHOP TALK | This monthly department highlights products
that are applicable to art education.
BLICK ART MATERIALS
Designed for professionals and students working in all areas of graphic design and illustration, Blick Studio Markers have a versatile double-ended design: one end features a fine nib for sketching and detail work, and the broad nib on the other end produces three line widths, and can lay down an abundance of color. Featuring water-resistant, fade-resistant ink, Blick Studio markers are offered in 95 brilliant colors plus a colorless blender.
Charcoal Pencil Drawing Kit No. 15, from General Pencil, would be a good choice for a beginning drawing class. This 13-piece kit includes one HB pencil; two 2B pencils; two 6B pencils; one Charcoal White pencil; one Carbon Sketch pencil; two soft sticks of compressed charcoal; a soft jumbo stick of compressed charcoal; a white charcoal stick, an artist’s pencil sharpener; and two kneaded erasers. The pencils are pre-sharpened and ready for use.
SAKURA OF AMERICA
Zentangle® Apprentice® Classroom Packs are an affordable and organized way to provide students with what the Zentangle method promotes and supports: mindfulness, creativity, problem solving, eye-hand coordination, and more. There are two different packs available; seen above is Classroom Pack #2, which includes an instructional DVD, 36 medium-point white Gelly Roll® Classic pens, 36 Zentangle charcoal white pencils and 140 Zentangle Apprentice Black Tiles.
Blendable Soft Pastels from Derwent Academy will help students experiment with techniques, such as layering and texturing, without fear of patchy or uneven results. They feature a soft texture that’s easy to apply and blend on paper. Each pastel features a handy square shape for easier application. The pointed corners are great for defining and filling in fine details, while the flat sides let you quickly color larger sections of artwork.
MEDIA REVIEWS | Recent releases in print, DVD, CD-ROM, software and
other visual resources are highlighted in this monthly column.
100 DAYS OF DRAWING:
Sketch, Paint, and Doodle Towards One Creative Goal,
by Jennifer Orkin Lewis. Abrams Books,
BRUSH PEN ILLUSTRATION:
More Than 200 Ideas for Drawing with Brush Pens,
by Sho Ito. Quarry Books,
ANYWHERE, ANYTIME ART, COLORED PENCIL:
An Artist’s Guide to Drawing with Colored Pencil on the Go!,
by Cara Hanley. Walter Foster Publishing,