The materials below allow for lots of experimentation with mark-making, expressive, and observational drawing and can be provided relatively inexpensively.
They can be used by children in all key stages. As conversations progress with teachers, we hope to make more bespoke recommendations for different year groups and key stages linking with collections of resources.
For Dry Activities
Marks can be made with anything and this is an opportunity to really play with even the most common tools at hand like biros, felt-tips and colouring pens. But! If you have materials sitting around in your store cupoard then this might the moment to share them out and unleash their potential! The materials below are a guide only! Here’s your chance to be creative with what you’ve got!
- Graphic pencils – 8B, 6B, 4B, 2B, B, H, 2H (if pupils can have access to a couple of soft pencils in the B range and a hard pencil it would be great to include them in their pack. Pencils can have an immediate impact on mark-making).
- Sharpener x 1
- Eraser x 1
- A small box of soft oil pastels (if available from the store cupboard pastels can be used to introduce colour and lots of mark-making potential too!)
- Handwriting pen (or any other pens!)
- Chalk (great for working outside on pavings and walls too!)
For Wet Activities
- Children can work with their own paintbrushes with their own water pot, but situations of more than one child around a sink should be avoided. Children can refresh their water pots when they wash their hands.
- Watersoluble sketching pencils or graphite (if available! The softer the better!)
- Waterbrush x 1 (can be used to avoid crowding around the sink)
- A basic watercolour box
- Watersoluble coloured pencils (ff available!)
- Masking tape
- Sharp scissors
- Glue stick
- An envelope to hand with a selection of coloured paper offcuts