There are three lists on this page. The first is a suggested list for the Private Lessons held at Henderson Studios Point Arena.

The second list is of the materials required for the Back to the Basics Workshop.

The third list is of the materials required for the Sketchbook Journaling Workshop.
Private Drawing Lessons 2018
Beginners Materials List:

 Pencils: One each of an HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B (you will see this imprinted on the pencil) artist-quality, wood-cased, graphite pencils. Look for these brands for artists like Staedtler Lumograph, Caran d’Arche Grafwood, Cretacolor Fine Art Graphite, Prismacolor Turquoise, Derwent Graphic, Faber-Castell, to name a few. 
 Sketch Paper:Look for sketch-quality paper with the following four characteristics: (1) the rated “weight” should be 50 to 90 lbs., (2) size no larger than 9”x12”, (3) medium texture (it could say “medium” or “vellum”, and sometimes the cover will say somethingh like "good for pencil drawing or sketching." (4) it should be white paper. No Newsprint!
 Pencil Sharpener: Small hand-held type, usuall has two holes.
 White Plastic Eraser: There are many types of white plastic erasers on the market. Make sure you are getting the same type as the Staedtler.
 Kneaded Rubber Eraser: 
 Paper Smudging Stump: Size #3 or #4
​​Intermediate and Advanced Level Artists refer to the "Back to the Basics" Materials List below.
Back to Basics Drawing Workshop 2018
Minimum Materials List

Pencils
One each of an HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B artist quality, wood-cased, graphite pencils.
Note: Bargain pencils do not perform like artist quality drawing pencils. Their leads can be coarse and grainy leaving unwanted scratches on your paper and uneven and sometimes speckled marks. Look for these brands for artists: Staedtler Lumograph, Caran d’Arche Grafwood, Cretacolor Fine Art Graphite, Prismacolor Turquoise, Derwent Graphic, Faber-Castell, to name a few.

Sketch Paper
There are too many choices!!! I like the Canson Biggie 9”x 12” drawing pad. It has enough “tooth,” or texture, to allow for using texture as a drawing technique. The size is right for looser expression than a small format might allow. The amount of paper is great for the price. It is not spiral bound, a plus for me, but the gummed edge is weak and will easily let pieces go loose (not a problem in the studio, a bit messy for out on the road). Great for practice. Cheap. If you can’t find a “Biggie,” look for another sketch quality paper with the following four characteristics: (1) the rated “weight” should be 50 to 90 lbs., (2) size at 9”x12”, (3) medium texture (it could say “medium” or “vellum”, and (4) it should be white paper. No newsprint!

  • Pencil Sharpener: small hand-held type
  • Sharp Blade: like an X-Acto blade or a single edge razor blade for trimming pencils and erasers.
  • Artist’s Sanding Block: or 1/4 piece of medium grit (100) sandpaper
  • Papermate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick: This is used as a pencil for drawing.
  • Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser: There are many types of white plastic erasers on the market. Make sure you are getting the same type as the Staedtler.
  • “Design” Kneaded Rubber Eraser: or equivalent, an essential multi-use drawing tool.
  • Paper Stump: Size #3 or #4
  • Ruler: 6" or 12”
  • Any additional materials are welcome.

 A few words about “Back to Basics” workshop art materials and where to find them.
    I put this materials list together not only because it is a reasonable drawing kit and they are the items that I use most, but also because the workshop is designed to show you the use and the effects that can be achieved with each of those specific items. To make the most of the workshop, please come prepared.
    Always buy the highest quality materials that you can afford. Avoid prepackaged drawing sets designed for beginners. They might contain some items required by this workshop but will be of low quality and will not contain many of the important items on the list.
    To buy local, visit “The Loft” in Sundstrom Mall, upstairs next to the Gualala Market. Marva carries many of the items on this list and offers a discount to Gualala Arts workshop participants.
    There are also several online stores, like Amazon, Dick Blick, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, and Jerry’s Artarama. But, while online pricing is about the same as live shops, shipping is costly. I prefer shopping in art stores where I can touch stuff and get personally exposed to many items on my wish list. I can buy singles of everything instead of kits and bulk packs. In Santa Rosa, there are two of my favorites: Riley Street Annex, and Village Art Supply. Both are great fun to visit and the staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. I also like Racines in Fort Bragg.

  
Sketchbook Journaling Workshop 2018
Minimum Materials List

 A Technical Drawing Pen: with permanent black ink such as a Sakura Microperm or a Pigma Micron in the 05 to 08 range.
A Mechanical Pencil: Look for one with at least a 0.9 lead size such as the Pentel Twist-Erase
A Sketch and Wash Pencil: This is a water-soluble graphite pencil.
Watercolor Pencils: At minimum one each of red, blue, and yellow. They can be used dry or wet. We will discuss and practice the use of the three primary colors to create other colors.
A Common 2-size Pencil Sharpener
A Waterbrush: This is an essential tool and will be used with both the colored pencils as well as the Sketch and Wash pencil. Notice the brush tip is round and comes to a point. Get a “medium.”
A Pair of Scissors: If you don’t own a pair, I will have one you can use.

Where to find materials:
In general, always buy the highest quality materials that you can afford. Avoid prepackaged drawing sets designed for beginners. They might contain some items required by this workshop but will be of low quality and will not contain many of the important items on the list. To buy local, visit “The Loft” in Sundstrom Mall, upstairs next to the Gualala Market. Marva carries many of the items on this list and offers a discount to Gualala Arts workshop participants. There are also several online stores, like Amazon, Dick Blick, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, and Jerry’s Artarama. But, while online pricing is about the same as live shops, there are often minimums and shipping is costly. I prefer shopping in art stores where I can touch stuff and get personally exposed to many items for my wish list. I can buy singles of everything instead of kits and bulk packs. And I get to chat with friendly staff. In Santa Rosa, there are two good stops: Riley Street Annex, and Village Art Supply. I also like Racines in Fort Bragg.