Art Supplies PDF


This unit explores the tools and mediums artists use when creating. You’ll learn about them hands-on so you can create and understand how art is made. For ages 6 to 18.

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Art Supplies is the second unit in the Layers of Learning Art Beginnings course. In this unit, you will do hands-on activities that teach about the tools and mediums that artists use including paints, clay, brushes, ink, pencil, paper, and more. It contains sections on:

  • Art Tools
  • Art Mediums
  • Art Surfaces

It contains activities where you will:

  • Practice with a variety of paintbrush shapes
  • Make and use a mahl stick
  • Learn to use an artist’s palette
  • Go on an art tools scavenger hunt around your house
  • Create a notebooking page on art mediums
  • Practice pencil sketching with a variety of types of pencils
  • Use stamps and different types of ink to create a greeting card
  • Draw and paint a dolphin in your Art Sketchbook
  • And so much more!

Each Layers of Learning Arts unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery.



This unit was written to be used for a month, but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

Art Supplies is also part of the overall Art Beginnings course, the first Year of the four year Layers of Learning Arts cycle. If you use the program in order it will take you though the art in chronological order tracking with the Layers of Learning History units. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.

This is the Printable Pack cover. You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.


Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Art Beginnings Resources page.


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