This charming neighborhood offers the Annapolis area’s most creative shopping, and it’s an easy drive from Washington D.C. or Baltimore or Kent Island / Queen Annes County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The West Annapolis shopping district is easy to find, with plenty of free parking.
The emphasis at Art Thing is on customer service, and the staff members are all artists, with over 50 years-combined expertise in the field. Art Things has been family owned and operated since 1966, and what you don’t find in their diverse stock (from the usual to the unusual) they will be happy to special order for you. The atmosphere is fun and arty, with their collection of Mona Lisa images surrounding you on every wall. The collection, having grown to over 500 “altered states of Mona” over the last ten years, has a bit of a “cult following” among regular customers, who often contribute original versions.
First time visitors are encouraged to spend a bit of time browsing, to really see all the treasures... Art Things is your “hardware store for ART”…Whether you like to sketch for pleasure, keep a journal, or paint to sell, we’ve got.
Art Things offers materials to beginners and professionals, and has interesting offerings to spark creativity in people of any age and experience level. People who don’t think of themselves as “artists” are invited to come and enjoy the eclectic mix of journals, pens, greeting cards, books and other fun stuff…You’ll be amazed at what’s here, crammed on the shelves, and stacked to the rafters.
There has always been a “Creative Kids” department at Art Things with the latest educational and fun things to make, including kits that let each child’s unique imagination shine through. Grandparents and parents have discovered us as a great birthday gift source, and we offer ideas for creative party activities and “party favors” as well. At holiday time, we are happy to customize art sets for you---just tell us the child’s age and interests.
We are a Winsor & Newton Premier Art Center offering:
- Oils, traditional and water mixable
- Watercolors, tubes and pan
Brushes for every media, all price ranges:
- Robert Simmons
- Winsor & Newton
- Gamblin Oils & Mediums
- M.Graham Watercolors
How-To Art books: a large selection for all levels by:
- North Light
- Watson Guptill
Airbrush Colors by Createx
Markers: Prismacolor and AD
Pastels: Rembrandt, Unison, Craypas
Oilbar by W&N
Water-soluble crayons from Caran D’Ache
Colored pencils: Derwent,
Prismacolor & Lyra
Papers, pads, and sheet stock by Strathmore, Canson, Arches, Canford, Bee Paper, Borden & Riley, Rives and Stonehenge
Mat boards, regular and archival
Crescent illustration Boards
Mat cutters: Logan and Dexter
Foam Core Boards
Mylars for drafting and stenciling
Canvas: Stretched and by the yard
Clayboard and Gessobord
Kolo Albums & Journals
Handmade Papers from all over the world!
Unusual Greeting Cards
Local Artist Cards
Journals & Bound Sketch Books
Scrap books and archival supplies
Calligraphy supplies: Pens, papers, books, inks
ARTBINS & wood boxes
Artograph Light Boxes & Opaque Projectors
Daylight Studio Lamps
Vinyl Letters, and Graphic tapes by Chartpak
Technical Pens by Rapidograph
Airbrushes: Badger and Paasche
Fabric paints and markers
Procion fabric Dyes by Jacquard
Silk Screen supplies
Block printing supplies
Clays: Air dry, Oven bake, and non-hardening
Mold making supplies
Sculpture and Ceramic tools
Chair Caning and Basket supplies
Faux Finishing and other decorative painting supplies
Glass & Tile paints: Glossies by Liquitex
Easels: Portable and studio size
Portfolios and Presentation cases
Palettes, Art boxes and Accessories
Kid's Art Supply Department, including:
- Creativity for Kids
Art Things is full of interesting, creative, inspiring, funny, affordable gifts for all ages.........
Please visit our store where holiday shopping is fun.
Our shelves are brimming with cool, quality gifts for young people - most priced at $20. and under!
Gift ideas to tempt you: Coptic-stitch journals, Yupo watercolor pads, cartridge brush pens, kaleidoscope kits, origami, mobiles, feather quill pens, color wheel umbrellas, paint-by-number sets, Edgar Allen Poe lunchboxes, finger tentacles, mood rings, nose pencil sharpeners, handmade guestbooks, Italian beechwood easels, pocket volcanoes, masterpiece coloring , Splash ink sets, berets and plein-air visors, Moleskines, maskmaking, mac-and-cheese band-aids, sable travel brushes, gift certificates, art sets in wooden boxes, doodle robots, fashion sketch sets, papermaking, silk-screening, block printing, eraser clay, COPIC sketch sets, doodling robots, manga, calligraphy, tie dye sets, wind-up crabs, seals and wax,how to draw and paint books, rainbow makers, art puzzles, cardmaking, Klutz kits galore, art sets by ALEX, paper airplanes, boy stuff, girl stuff, all kinds of fun stuff.....and a helpful staff!
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