Back to School: Must-Have Art Supplies for the First Day

It’s almost back-to-school season, which, for many parents, often means a mad dash to the store for every school supply under the sun. Instead of waiting until the last minute, however, Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts wanted to put together a short list of must-have art supplies that will save you time, money and unwanted stress.

Elmer’s Glue-All

Elmer’s Glue-All is a bit of a throwback, but it’s also one of the most essential art supplies your child can have. Arguably the most iconic all-purpose glue around, Elmer’s will strongly glue a number of materials together, and without compromising clothes in the event of an accident. When in doubt, Elmer’s Glue-All is a safe and affordable choice for back-to-school bliss.

Construction Paper

Construction paper is one of the most widely used supplies in classrooms. It’s incredibly versatile and safe for all ages, which makes it every teacher’s favorite tool during arts and crafts. We highly recommend getting a bundle of colored construction paper, so your child will have the chance to create his or her artwork from a beautiful palate.

Back to School Art SuppliesColored Pencils and Crayons

Colored pencils and crayons share the stage in terms of their importance in art class. That’s why we typically recommend buying (at least) one pack of each. By stocking up, your child won’t show up to any assignment empty-handed – and they’ll be able to share with their fellow classmates!

Paint Brushes

Depending upon the level of art class your child is taking, paint brushes can be an extremely helpful tool. All too often, paint brushes in public schools are dried out or tethered due to budgeting constraints. By providing your child with new brushes from the beginning, they’ll avoid the older supplies and be thankful you thought ahead.

In addition to our suggestions, be sure to watch for any art supply memos sent directly from the school. It’s common for teachers to request supplies for the class as a whole, so it’s important to keep a watchful eye out for any memos from the classroom and keep the needs of your child’s fellow students in mind when shopping.