You don’t need a lot of art supplies to create beautiful artwork, but you need do quality supplies. Here are what I consider basic supplies for a homeschool art lesson:
Watercolors – buy the best you can afford. A small set of student grade watercolor paint tubes is perfect. Buy a couple plastic palettes so each child can have their own place to mix.
Brushes – Crayola makes nice sets that you can buy at Target or on Amazon. They come in a variety of sizes; I have even taken one of my kid’s Crayola brushes for my professional work!
Tempera – Discount School Supply makes quality art materials, and they have a nice set of tempera paints in many colors at a reasonable price.
Paper – Watercolor paper is nice to use for many projects. You can just buy 9″ x 12″ pads of paper, then tear off and use as necessary.
I also really like to use colored construction paper for many lessons. Starting with a color other than white is a benefit in many art lessons. There are many options for packs of construction paper. 9″ x 12″ and 12″ x 18″ are both great to have available.
Oil pastels – These are easy to use and vibrant, great for kids art. Messy, so be prepared for cleanup and prepare accordingly. If they get on the floor, use a dry cloth to clean up, not wet.
Black markers – Try to have one per child, and keep them put away when not in use. They do not have to be fine tips; a regular black Sharpie is perfect. Black outlines can really make an artwork pop, and we use them a lot!
Table coverings – Do yourself a favor and figure out a system you can use to cover your work area so you can relax and enjoy the process a bit more! I have a large roll of kraft paper that I keep in our pantry. Two long strips of paper and the table is covered and ready to go!