Best Art Supply Stores in Washington, D.C.

February 10, 2014 8:00 AM

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Works of art can go for thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even simple pieces of art can go for hundreds of dollars. Part of that cost is the materials it takes to make the piece. Quality art supplies are worth the price. Here are a few of the best art supply stores in D.C.

Scrap DC
3101 12th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 827-4547

Paint brushes for 10 cents, fabric for $2 a yard – these are unheard-of prices, especially for the quality. These are real prices that you can find at Scrap D.C. Scrap is an organization that educates and promotes creative reuse. Instead of throwing out those scraps of fabric, you can make a pillow or a blanket. For three years, Scrap has been a driving force in this form of education in DC, helping save five tons of materials from being wasted. Scrap D.C. is the store where you can find anything from gift wrap to craft wire for ridiculously low prices. You may not find everything you need, but you will be helping to promote environmentally friendly behavior.

Sullivan’s Toys & Art Supplies
4200 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 362-1343

There is a famous scene in the movie “Big,” starring Tom Hanks, where he and his boss play chopsticks on a giant keyboard. It looked like the most fun thing ever, and made kids want to flock to FAO Schwartz. Well Sullivan’s Toys & Art Supplies may not have the giant keyboard, but your kids will have just as much fun. And they will feel creative when you get them a cool art project to put together. While they marvel at the cool toys, you can get some art and crafts supplies you need as well.

The Art League
105 N. Union St., Suite 217
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-8127

There is nothing wrong with an art store that has non-artist employees, but having an actual working artist be able to advise you on what you need is a major plus. Art students, the general public and members of The Art League can rest assured that they are in good hands at this non-profit art store. Along with experienced employees, the store also offers art supplies that may be hard to find elsewhere, including stained glass materials and shrink wrapping. Stop by for supplies, advice and maybe consider signing up for an art class or two.

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Art Under Pressure
4807 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 291-0110

Art Under Pressure is not your grandmother’s art store, it is much more. Along with apparel, skateboards, accessories, artwork, music and custom art, it also sells art supplies. You can get a custom deck for your skateboard and a pen brush set in the same place. Art Under Pressure makes art look cool and edgy; the way teenagers want it to be.

Maryland Institute College of Art
1200 Mt. Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 225-2276

Getting art supplies from an art school makes perfect sense. It is even better when that art school is Maryland Institute College of Art. MICA’s art supply store uses the money made to fund scholarships for students attending the school. So not only are you making art with the supplies you buy, but you are also helping an art student make art as well. And the non-profit has some of the best prices in the region for supplies, books and art. Make sure to go to its end-of-the-semester sell to get even better deals.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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