Tool Kit

No matter what medium you hope to concentrate in, there are certain tools that all students need to have to successfully complete the requirements of a Studio Arts major or minor. Every class requires that you bring an open mind, a willingness to experiment, and your enthusiasm. An x-acto knife is also a good idea. 

Studio courses can be expensive; they all have lab fees and also require further investment in materials and tools. Each course has a materials list that may vary according to instructor, and students are expected to purchase their own supplies, building a tool kit over time. Please check with your instructors before purchasing supplies. A tool kit most likely will include the following.

  • Sketchbook(s)/card box/folder for library of ideas
  • Tool box/lock for lockers
  • Drawing pad/drawing board/drawing carrying case
  • Set of drawing pencils/white and black charcoal
  • Kneaded and white erasers
  • Ultra-fine-point and fine-point black sharpie markers
  • Glue stick/rubber cement/glue gun with glue sticks
  • Masking tape and duct tape
  • Metal straight edge/T-square/ruler
  • Triangles/compass
  • X-acto and utility knives
  • Tape measurer/level
  • Wire/wire cutters/needle-nose pliers
  • Phillips head and slotted screwdriver
  • Matte board/foam core board/box cardboard
  • Goggles/eye protection/apron or work shirt
  • Clay tools
  • Bucket/old rags/sponge
  • Jars/containers with lids
  • Varnish/linseed oil/turpentine
  • Gesso/canvas/stretcher bars
  • Variety of brushes
  • Variety of paints
  • Palette knife
  • Variety of drawing, printmaking, digital print papers
  • Metal plates/linoleum blocks
  • Etching and lithography inks/litho crayons/wash stick
  • Etching needle/burnisher/scraper
  • Jump drive, CDRs/DVDs