My children (and I) spent three days last week in the Barry Stebbing's How Great Thou Art Workshop for homeschoolers. This workshop is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage homeschoolers in the Fine Arts. We covered quite a bit in three day's time including art appreciation, beginning drawing and painting, along with simple techniques and methods using colored markers and pencils.
One of the most fascinating discoveries I made in the class was the knowledge of Lyra Colored Pencils. These were the highest quality colored pencils I've ever used, and we've been using them around our house all week. Now, I won't use anything else!