DSGN 211: Supplies + Materials

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Each student is responsible for being prepared at every class meeting, which includes having the required supplies to complete projects. Following is a list of supplies required for this course, as well as several recommended – more than likely you have some of these from previous courses. Most – though not all – of the supplies included in the list have been organized for ease of purchase via Dick Blick Art Supplies. To order online using the Dick Blick list go to: http://www.dickblick.com/lists/blicku/3X70XRLMRZVBO/items/

Often Dick Blick’s pricing is better than the in-town stores Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, but you can order online at all three. If you plan early enough, you can shop around for the best deal. Obviously, you are free to purchase the supplies wherever you choose – just make sure to have them!

Required Supplies YOU are responsible for:

  • Architect’s scale
  • Engineer’s scale
  • Pencils for sketching (x2, softer lead, General’s Draughting w/maroon shaft is good)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Technical (mechanical) pencil (I prefer .7 mm H or HB lead)
  • Circle template (good range of sizes – up to 2″/3″)
  • Triangles (one 30/60 and one 45 degree)
  • Erasers (try some, Magic Rub is good)
  • 9″ x 12″ Sketch Pad of white paper (for practicing techniques)
  • Hobby knife (Olfa knives w/retractable blades is preferred)
  • 18″ metal ruler (w/cork back is preferred)

Required Supplies provided by Professor (charged to Students):

  • Portable watercolor set
  • Paint brushes (for watercolor Princeton Snap! are good – size 12 round, size 4 round and size 2 liner)
  • Charpak AD Markers (Light Sand, Blush, Pale Cherry, Crystal Blue, Aqua, Willow Green, Moss Green, Grass Green, Emerald Green, Mauve, Bright Orchid, Banana, Cool Grey 3 & 6)
  • Prismacolor Marker (Carmine Red)
  • Prismacolor colored pencils (Light Peach, Eggshell, Lavender, Aquamarine, Slate Gray, True Blue, White, Grass Green, Dark Green, Yellow Ochre, Apple Green, Spring Green, Olive Green, Warm Gray 70%, Burnt Ochre, Terra Cotta, Carmine Red, Tuscan Red)
  • Sharpie Chisel Tip Marker
  • Sharpie Fine Point Marker
  • Sign Pen – Fine
  • Pilot Fineliner
  • Pilot Razor Point
  • 12″ Roll of white trace paper
  • Art Marker paper (individual sheets will be provided as needed)
  • Japanese (Accordion) Sketchbook – pocket-size
  • Sketchbook (Hand Book 5.5″ x 8.25″)
  • Drafting tape
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Erasing Shield


  • French curve/adjustable curve
  • Compass
  • Spritzer (for watercolor and watercolor pens)
  • Color wheel (helpful for reference for mixing colors)
  • 25′ measuring tape
  • Push pins
  • Bag, tackle box or art box (to store all of this stuff)
  • Something to protect drawings – 20″ x 30″ portfolio (can be made from sheets of cardboard or chipboard) or a mailing tube
  • Flash drive (8mb or greater)

Archive your projects and make them ready for your portfolio. Scan each drawing and save them as JPEGs. You can easily load these into Photoshop and Power Point to complete the Sophomore portfolio that is a required submission to the department of Art and Design in late April. Ask the professor for clarification on this requirement.

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