AVIC (Art Volunteer in the Classroom) formerly known as Picture Lady. Also known as Meet the Masters, Picture People, Art Outreach, Gallery Greats, Art Masterpiece Program, Art To Go, Art Smart, Art To Grow On, Class Act Art, Art Enrichment in the Classroom, etc.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

History of the Pencil

Ever wonder how the pencil came to be? Faber-Castell has a great page on their web site titled Pencil Discovery and Innovation.

The beginning of the pencil is explained here from the Faber-Castell web site:

The origins of today's pencil goes back to 1565, when a grey-black glistending substance was found in Borrowdale, in the Cumberland hills of England. It was said to be a 'lead' coloured material, greasy to touch an quick to stain the fingers. This substance became known as black-lead, an was found to be more convenient for a writing an drawing than pen and ink, as it's marks could be easily rubbed out.

This would be paired great with an Escher print:

M.C. Escher, Drawing Hands (1948) 

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