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Art and Graphic essentials for the new academic Year!

Art and Graphic essentials for the new academic Year!

As we approach the beginning of the new academic year and your first term with lots of expectations, we would like to help you choose those essential tools necessary for a successful year ahead!

The transition from junior school to high school can be a big step. As lessons get more in-depth you will inevitably need more equipment. We have curated a collection of Art, Graphic and Design supplies regularly used in high schools. Tools and materials that will help to bridge your learning from the classroom to your home classroom.

Maybe you are starting College this year and beginning your creative adventures?

This is the year you swap your classroom for a creative studio! You are no longer a pupil, but a 'Student' of Art and Design! This exciting and challenging year will be filled with material investigation and media experimentation as you develop your understanding of the specialist areas and disciplines within art and design and the creative industries. By the end of your year you will have a portfolio packed full of exciting work ready for your next step! 

Below we have compiled a list of top quality and fantastic value, Art , Graphic and Design equipment, materials and stationery to save you time searching and keep some money in your purse or pocket!  If you are enrolling in an art related course or are already an art student we are able to offer you a 10% discount on our own brand art supplies.

Click here to sign up with Student Beans to get your discount code.

For all  University students and  undergraduates out there, the next three or four years are all about developing your visual literacy skills and working towards your preferred specialist profession! We have hand picked a collection of Art and Design materials and equipment that will enable you to hone your abilities, feel like a professional, whilst working towards being one!  The best materials create the most professional finish!

Developing your presentation skills is also an important factor! Looking the part and feeling confident! Our range of portfolios will help you protect and present your work, ready for that potential future client! Good luck, this is a big adventure!

ARTdiscount provides art and graphic materials to many schools and educational institutions across the UK as well as local government.

For the full list of materials and equipment, press the link here; 



Sketchbooks are an essential part of any aspiring artist or designer's toolkit. Capturing all those great ideas as soon as they spring to mind. The bridge between the studio and home, the means in which we capture and document our creative journeys, investigations and learning.

Comes in sizes; A5, A4 and A3
These quality ARTdiscount Wire-o Bound Hardback Sketchbooks are 100% British made, from the paper and board to the finishing. Each book contains 50 sheets/100 pages of 140gsm, acid free, all- media cartridge paper, sized for extra wet strength. Wire-o bound to a black flax board cover.

Comes in three sizes; A5, A4 and A3

ARTdiscount Case-Bound Hardback Sketchbooks are 100% British made, from the paper and board to the finishing. Each book contains 92 pages of 140gsm, acid free, all-media cartridge paper, sized for extra wet strength. The pages are sewn and superbly bound with classic black-cloth covers.

Comes in four sizes; A6, A5, A4, and A3

The Winsor & Newton Heavyweight Wiro Hardback Sketchbook contains 50 sheets of 170gsm paper Acid free Perforated pages for easy tear-out. Ideal for Pen & ink, pencil and watercolour.

This hardback sketchbook is ideal for drawing with pencil, charcoal or red ochre. The natural white colour allows good contrast and colour vibrancy of the sketches. Acid free and age resistant. 120gsm, Acid Free and natural white paper. 64 sheets.

This selection of pads is perfect for kids, Students and beginners. Great value for money!

Each Friskids Pad Bundle Contains :

1 x NEW Friskids Acrylic Pad 190gsm 10sheets

1 x NEW Friskids Drawing Pad - 110gsm - 20sheets

1 x NEW Friskids Mixed Media Pad - 150gsm - 20sheets

1 x NEW Friskids Watercolour Pads - 190gsm - 10sheets

All past college students will remember these sketchbooks as their first step out of high-school workbooks to actual sketchbooks!  Especially when you can choose your own cover colour and make it personal to you! These Classic Pink Pig Square Spiral Sketchbooks have handmade silk front covers and grey board back. Containing 35 leaves of 150gsm acid free cartridge paper, spiral bound.

Great starter sketchbook with smooth white cartridge paper, ideal for drawing, sketching, doodling or journaling with pens, pencils, markers, charcoal and pastels. Acid free for longevity.

New Drawing Board Euros look stunning and are a great option for sketching on the go. Fantastic for sketching on the go 50 sheets white 160gsm cartridge paper. These great sketchbooks have a rigid and solid drawing board cover which you can customise if desired. Easily transported where pages are kept secure and protected. They are spiral bound and have 50 sheets of high quality white 160gsm cartridge paper. Available in A4 and A3, in portrait and landscape formats.

Another great starter Sketchbook with 40 sheets of 140gsm cartridge paper. Hard covers with black covers, Elastic retaining band Wire-o binding. Great for sketching and drawing with dry media.

Notebooks and journals

Record ideas and thoughts on the move with these beautifully bound journals. We love the colours of the Fabriano Bouquet set! Handy pocket sized keeps you organised wherever you are, travelling to and from school/college/Uni, in the studio, classroom or at home.

Maths and geometry equipment kits and rulers

Geometric tools are the instruments used to draw different types of geometric shapes found in everyday life. To draw these shapes, there are different types of tools with different names used while solving problems based on geometry. 

Below is a list of suggested Maths tools which are used in geometry for the construction of different shapes necessary for most high school learning.

Technical drawing equipment

Technical drawing or drafting is the discipline of composing drawings that visually communicate the functionality of an object or product.

Often used to portray or visualise a project at design stage and in advance of actual manufacture or build. The draughtsman needs access to a wide range of tools and materials including drawing boards, technical instruments, compasses, dividers, set squares and technical pens.

Our new range offers the very best value to commercial draughtsmen, draughtswoman, education and professionals at all levels.


Coloured pencils

Coloured pencils, invaluable for our young creatives! Clean to use, non toxic, odourless and easy to use  and easy to blend for every age group! We have a range of highly pigmented, soft lead coloured pencils for all kinds of projects. Some are even water-resistant, have excellent lightfastness and have a high break resistance! To keep your pencils working to their fullest potential always have a sharp pencil sharpener! Check out our list under Pencils and drawing aids.

Felt markers and fibre-tip pens 

We all need colour in our lives, especially when creating posters, flyers, creative projects, illustrations, drawing studies, labels  and creative writing! Colour makes your work stand out and be seen! We have some great sets to choose from to get you started. Suitable for all ages, felt pens, brush pens and metallic liners. Have a look at Giotto Turbo Glitter Felt tip pens and bring the sparkle to your artwork!


      Pens and highlighters

      For note taking, researching, revision, annotating, highlighting those very important keywords and dates! Great for making post-it-notes and cue cards!


      Fine liners

      Calling all illustrators and designers! We have put together some great sets of fine liners for your tool kit! Always check to see if your fineliners are waterproof if that's what is required for your particular project. Winsor & Newton have two great sets which they offer in Black and Sepia! Staedtler offers sets of 10 and 20 in an array of multicoloured fineliners as do Stabilo at incredibly low prices.

      Pencils and sketching aids

      There are lots of pencils out there to choose from, and some great pencil kits to get you started. We offer both pencil kits, and lots of drawing aids for every subject! 

      The standard range of sketching and drawing pencils go through 9B to 9H and F.




















      The numbers indicate the hardness or softness of the pencil within their particular range.

      The H pencil range: The 9H pencil is the hardest and H pencil is the softest.

      The B pencil range: The 9B pencil is the softest, and the B pencil is the hardest.

      This means that pencil hardness travels from the softest on the left (9B) through to the hardest on the right (9H and F). The harder a pencil is, the lighter a mark it makes. The softer a pencil is, the darker a mark it makes.


      Erasers and sharpeners

      Erasers, sharpeners, where would we be without our erasers and sharpeners! We have some great products to keep the creative juices flowing when that pencil nib has worn down! Great for coloured pencils and graphite.

      Glues and scotch tape, sellotape, and double sided tape

      Where would we be without glue and tape! We have a great selection of glues for all projects! From glue dots, glue pens, glue brushes, glue roll-ons to glue guns! Safe and non toxic these glues can be used without worrying about odours and toxic fumes. 

      While most schools will supply masking tapes and Sellotape, Colleges and Universities may expect you to buy your own. Masking tape and  parcel tape  is essential for printmaking, sticking down your paper to your drawing boards, for life and still life drawing. Gumstrip is essential for stretching wet paper ready for painting onto. Double sided tape is a must for creating those collages, design boards and mounting your work and photographs professionally. 

      Portfolios, cargo carry bags and travel cases

      Calling all college or Uni students! Perfect for transporting all your artwork safely, these portfolios and travel bags below are study and fit for purpose!  We have a selection of colours and sizes. Buying the right Portfolio will not only enable you to transport your work safely but will also allow your work to be stored safely. Very important when it comes to those all important interviews!

      We hope this article will help you save time and money. Check out our website for more products and great offers. 

      Wishing all our young creatives a successful back to school experience! 

      Ellie Jakeman
      Ellie Jakeman

      I have had a strong interest in the visual and creative arts since a very early age. After completing an Art and Design Degree and Post graduate studies I have taught Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Textile design , Fine Art print and Illustration for over 20 years. Before teaching I was a freelance artist and illustrator and decided 4 years ago I would return to freelance and commissioned work. I have created many domestic and commercial murals for hospitals and hospices. I work part time for ARTdiscount as a content creator and product tester.

      1 Response

      Sue Godfrey
      Sue Godfrey

      October 03, 2023

      Wow, so much temptation. I wouldn’t have known where to start sourcing my art equipment, but now I do 😀 thanks Ellie. Sue x

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