-10 6B black General’s charcoal pencils
- 5 White Generals Charcoal pencils
- At least 2 sheets (to start off with. students will need more after a class or two) of "Sky
Blue" Canson Mi-Tientes pastel paper. Sky Blue is the ideal choice, but if you can't find Sky Blue, something like Flannel grey can work too. It must be a middle value grey pastel paper.
- 1/2 inch foamboard that is at least the size of the paper you will be working on (or larger) or a drawing board that is at least as large as your paper
- Masking tape
- Kneaded eraser
- Dividers (optional)
- Pencil extenders (optional, but recommended)
This is very important. Students must have a good sharpener of their own for these pastels. They must be able to sharpen their pencils with something that will not consistently break them.
Here are some links to a few that I would recommend: https://www.amazon.com/General-Pencil-All-Art-Sharpener-S6503BP/dp/B0018N80XW
The General's All art is simple and will sharpen both the charcoal pencils very well. Not much to say about it because it works and is probably the most reliable. There is a shorter point that you get with this one compared to the other ones and it is a bit more effort to turn the pencil, rather than turn a crank like in the second one I recommend or just stick in the pencil, like with the electric sharpener I recommend. This is the one I recommend most for the pastel pencils though, since it almost never breaks tips for any of the pencils
This Mitsubishi is the best for sharpening the General's charcoal pencils. It is hand crank, so it's easier than turning your pencil. It also gets the sharpest point out of all other sharpener's I've used. It tends to break the pastel pencils though and not recommended for if you have pastel pencils. With the charcoal pencils though, there are no issues and it works amazingly.
If a student wants to have a good electric sharpener, this is the one I recommend. It's the equivalent to the x-acto school pro. It is slightly less expensive and also comes with a 3 year built in warranty, which means once it breaks down, as long as they have the box and the receipt, they can swap it out immediately at a staples for free. I do not know how well the pastel pencils work in this sharpener because I have never tried it, but charcoal pencils work great in it.