Have you ever tried to draw or write with an inferior pencil? It is very frustrating. The lead doesn't work and it is not dark enough. The eraser is horrible! The eraser makes the lead look like a squashed bug... that can't be erased. It is horrible!!
Trying to create art with supplies that don't work is like trying to carry a raw egg with a fork. Using quality supplies is important. Especially if you want to keep your sanity when working with children. I am not saying to professional level supplies... but good quality children's supplies.
Every teacher I know recommendsTiconderoga pencils. I have to say I agree. The lead and eraser both work well. It is easy to shade with 2B Ticonderoga pencil.
Save yourself frustration and start with a good pencil. I'll get into colored pencils and types of lead later. This is a big deal to artists
I love teaching art to all levels of students. Everyone can use art skills to be creative. Give yourself the chance to explore the different types of supplies and styles. Create and learn with us! There is an artist in all of us. - Jennifer