Art Materials For Every Classroom

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Looking for tools and art materials for your next arts and crafts project with your students? You’re in the right place.

Blick supports artists at all stages of their artistic journey. As a leading art supply company, they provide artists, educators, and students with the tools, assistance, and training needed to grow, innovate, and reach their creative potential. Blick Art Materials is family-owned and has been serving artists since 1911.

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Their first product was a lettering pen, the Payzant, which quickly became a bestseller. The Blick’s first warehouse was their kitchen, and their first shipping department was the Galesburg, Illinois post office where they would send out their daily shipments.

Today, they have become the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States, catering to the full spectrum of artists — from a child scribbling with a crayon, to art students in training, to well-known art professionals.

So, when it is time to stock your classroom, the following essentials might come in handy:

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Painting Supplies

Blick offers a wide range of fine art paint, painting supplies, and paint mediums for artists of all experience levels, from the youngest artist to the most experienced professional. From oil paint, acrylic paint, and watercolor paint to water-soluble crayons, Blick carries the top brands of painting supplies.

High-quality spray paints are great for creating special effects such as stone, crackle, and glow-in-the-dark, plus glitter, metallic, and chalky effects. Their affordable kids’ and classroom paint sets for beginning artists, classrooms, schools, and other learning environments include watercolor and tempera paint sets, and student-grade acrylics. Blick offers many choices of acrylic paint mediums, oil paint mediums, and watercolor paint mediums for adding texture and structure, creating special effects, or for retarding, extending, or increasing paint flow.

Canvases and Surfaces

Blick's canvases and painting surfaces are created to accept and support media such as oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolors, pastels, and other media. Made from woven material, canvas is generally made from cotton or linen, or even synthetic materials. Blick offers the largest selection of blank canvases in standard canvas sizes, formats, and textures — from stretched canvas that is pre-mounted, pre-primed, and ready to paint, to canvas rolls for artists who want the flexibility of cutting their own custom sizes or generally create larger works of art.

Drawing Supplies

Blick carries a wide variety of drawing supplies perfect for sketching, graphic design, and illustration. Check out their vast collection of markers, colored pencils, charcoal and graphite, artist crayons, and other drawing supplies. Use watercolor pencils and water-soluble graphite to create watercolor washes, subtle tones, and beautiful hues in your drawings. Choose from a wide range of mechanical pencils for drafting, template work, and other technical drawing.

An exciting media for artists of all ages and skill levels, Blick carries the most popular brands of art markers. Shop for paint pens and markers, acrylic markers, poster markers, and archival markers and pens for cards, drawings, and artworks that last over time. Create beautiful designs on silk, cotton, and other materials with fabric markers. Colorful, durable kids' markers are available in a variety of tip sizes, fun colors (glitter, fluorescent, neon, and more), and sets of all sizes for making fine lines and broad strokes — many in washable format.

Paper and Boards

Whether you use fine art papers professionally, academically, or for your own enjoyment, the paper you choose can go a long way toward helping you achieve the best results. How can you make sure you’re choosing the right paper? Think about the media you’re planning to use with it. Blick offers specialized papers designed for almost any media, in formats that include individual sheets, art pads, blocks, multi-sheet packs, reams, art paper rolls, and others. The best plan is to learn everything you can about an art paper before you buy.


Blick offers one of the largest selections of artist paint brushes available, for every type of media and every kind of artmaking. Their extensive range of brush fibers, brush shapes, and sizes gives artists the best choice for their style of artmaking. From high-quality oil brushes, acrylic brushes, and watercolor brushes, to craft and foam brushes for home décor or decorative use, to makeup brushes for theater, cosplay, or personal use, Blick offers the widest selection and the best prices.


When outfitting your classroom, there are many things to consider. How large is your space? What are the best seating options for the environment? How much storage do you need? Blick takes much of the guesswork out of these decisions. You can find drafting tables, chairs, stools, work tables, and storage options such as taborets, print racks, storage cabinets, bookcases, and files.

Blick carries a variety of classroom furniture, including storage cabinets and carts with removable trays for students of all ages, plus classroom tables and chairs designed specifically for early childhood learning environments. 

Crafts Art Materials

Whether you call it "arts and crafts," or simply "crafts," Blick is your source for the best craft supplies — and craft ideas — at the lowest prices. From the youngest child to the most senior artist, craft projects can spark creativity, bring people of all ages together, and encourage memory-making. That's why Blick offers hundreds of inspiring craft supplies for crafters who create in homes, studios, classrooms, camps, home schools — and in hospitals, rehab facilities, and therapy programs.

They store a wide selection of fabric paints and decorative papers, collage and mosaic supplies, and thread, yarn, and fabrics for fiber and textile arts. They have got all the supplies for paper crafts, wood crafts, metal crafts, leather crafts, and stenciling, plus candle and soap making kits, jewelry beads and accessories, party supplies, craft kits, and craft favorites for kids.

Interested in upscaling a vintage table? Find chalky paint to create a unique, distressed look. Or pair wood crates with hand lettered wood panels and LED tea lights to fashion rustic wedding and party décor. Every child loves glitter, stickers, slime-making supplies, and google eyes, and Blick has them! For inspiring DIY projects for crafters of all ages and skill levels, you can visit their Project Ideas page.

So, put on your artist's cap and start creating! 

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Valentina is a Primary School teacher in Miami, Florida. She is an advocate for literacy and hands-on teaching. She enjoys creating arts & crafts projects with her students, setting up theatrical plays, and utilising innovative teaching resources.


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