Art Video Series: Art Tool Basics – Drawing Pencils

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When I was a child, I wanted to be an author, an artist and a teacher. I always selected art courses over all electives, and was an early reader. I’ve kept a journal since I could write and went to college with the intention of becoming an art teacher. Two years in, I realized that my job would be something I’d have to fight to even exist in public schools. My professors informed me that to be an elementary art teacher, more than likely, I would be assigned to a district and push a cart from school to school. Not my idea of fun.

So halfway through, I switched majors to elementary education, and did everything I could to implement my passion for art into the classroom.

I never stopped writing and creating, so a few years ago, I decided, why limit myself to traditional ways of teaching? The world of blogging, and online shops such as Etsy, have opened up such a huge creative outlet for me. Now I’m discovering amazing sites such as CreativeLive, Skillshare and Teachable that bring the classroom to you!


I’m starting a video series where I’ll walk you through some basic art tools I use and love, and give you tips on how to get started as a beginner, because we could all use some creativity, inspiration and motivation to do another day in quarantine.

You can subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me on Instagram to view my latest projects and video tutorials. I’d love to connect with you!

Here is my upcoming plan for the Art Tool Basics Series featuring tools, tips and project ideas:

  1. Drawing Pencils
  2. Charcoal
  3. Acrylic Paint
  4. Watercolor Paint
  5. Gouache Paint
  6. Oil and Chalk Pastels
  7. Drawing Pens and Markers
  8. Mixed Media


You can purchase all of the tools mentioned in the video here:


Enjoy the video on Drawing Pencil Basics? Over the next few weeks I’ll be covering the basics of other art media, such as using charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil pastels, chalk pastels, and calligraphy. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay tuned to my latest videos.

I also post my latest art projects (and videos) on Instagram and sell artwork in my Etsy shop under ShopAmySenter.

Have a shop of your own? Let’s connect!


  1. What a great resource thank you for sharing. I used to be into drawing when I was in high school. I would love to pick it back up again. Also, my younger sister is now into art and drawing so I’m so glad I found this article.

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