Fine Art Fundamentals Series 1.1

Five online classes include live interaction with an instructor for a unique personalized experience! In this part of the first series, students will use charcoal, chalk pastels and colored pencils to create two artworks that are original and truly their own. Students will apply elements of form and composition to their drawings while exercising creativity and developing observation skills.

There is a one-time, pre-requisite Online Form Class each student who is just starting Fine Art Fundamentals must complete. This class teaches students about form and composition, preparing students with the necessary understanding of these concepts to more confidently apply them in the projects designed for our Fine Art Fundamentals and Advanced Exploration programs. Sign up for the Online Form Class.

Watch this Parent Guide video which includes instructions on how to set up an art space at home and how you can achieve a more independent and empowering experience for your child.

Find the list of supply needs by day below. Plan to spend about 15 minutes preparing the supplies before each class.

Weekly (one day per week) options are available year round and daily (week-long) options are available during school breaks.

Supplies Information

Quality art materials of good value have been specially selected for these classes because we know better supplies and tools improve the outcome of art making. Limited palettes of specific colors teach color mixing and are preferred over a palette with many colors. Our colored pencil selection provides the unique practice of layering and pressure control to blend and is preferred over softer colored pencils that mimic the practice of using soft chalk pastels to blend.

Listed below are the required supplies plus a number of choices and brands. Please allow time to acquire the needed art materials. If you purchased these supplies before or have these supplies at home, no need to purchase again.

Required Art Supplies

Board (~16×20″) for stretching paper  –  Blick

Masking tape for stretching paper  –  Blick  –  Amazon

2 sheets bristol vellum drawing paper (12-14″ x 17-19″ in size, purchase by pad or single sheet)

Tracing paper  –  Blick  –  Amazon

Composition templates (download and print)  –  PDF

Graphite pencil  –  Blick


Chalk pastels  –  Blick  –  Michaels(24set)  –  Amazon

Hairspray fixative  –  Target

Black and white charcoal pencils  –  Blick  –  Amazon  –  Michaels

Vine charcoal  –  Blick  –  Amazon

Colored pencils  –  Target   Amazon

Paper towels

Supply List By Day

Prepare for each day of class by having the following supplies ready beforehand.

Day 1 Who’s the Boss Part 1

  • Bristol vellum paper (12-14″ x 17-18″ stretched to board on all four sides)
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Viewfinders
  • Vine charcoal

Day 2 Who’s the Boss Part 2

  • Continuing on same paper as Who’s the Boss Part 1
  • Vine charcoal
  • Eraser
  • Black & white chalk pastels

Day 3 Who’s the Boss Part 3

  • Continuing on same paper as Who’s the Boss Part 2
  • Chalk pastels
  • Hairspray fixative
  • Black & white charcoal pencils

Day 4 Geoforms Part 1

  • Bristol vellum paper (12-14″ x 17-18″ stretched to board on all four sides)
  • Gray colored pencil or graphite pencil

Day 5 Geoforms Part 2

  • Continuing on same paper as Geoforms Part 1
  • Colored pencils
  • Chalk pastels