Houston is a great place for art – whether it be in the many award-winning museums, for some of the younger students in great art programs or for those who just want to start out from scratch picking up a new artistic hobby. Because our city has so many great venues for artistic expression, it also has a ton of great local art supply stores. Make sure to stop by one of these great art supply stores and discover some awesome materials for your next project.
Art Supply on Main
2711 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
This store holds more than 7,500 square feet of any kind of art supply you could ever want. It specializes in many different media, including supplies for creating manga and gift items for art lovers at all levels. The store also offers workshops for those artists who want to pick up another skill, perfect a particular craft or for those who are just beginning their journey into the art world. The store also offers framing options for you to hang your masterpieces once you’ve finished them.
12974-A Willowchase Drive
Houston, TX 77070
Jerry’s Artarama specializes in offering a wide array of art supplies for very affordable prices. It prides itself on its wide range of canvas offerings, one of the biggest in town. Jerry’s includes student canvases all the way up to deep gallery wraps. Jerry’s Artarama also offers art classes on multiple skill levels in acrylic painting, oils, watercolors and airbrushing. Once you’ve finished your artwork, have Jerry’s frame it so you can display your work for all of your friends and family.
Texas Art Supply
2001 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Texas Art Supply has been providing high-quality artistic and crafting supplies to Houstonians for years, and with a location just outside of the museum district, it is always frequented by a wide array of artists at all levels and who work with all sorts of media. In addition to the traditional paint and canvas offerings, Texas Art Supply has a wide selection of instructional books and videos, kids’ activities and supplies for 3D art like clay and polymer. The shop also supports local schools with donations of supplies to art classrooms.
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MCW Beads & More
14027 Memorial Drive, Suite 113
Houston, TX 77079
For the artist that needs anything 3D for their artwork, MCW Beads and More is the place to go. It has beads of all materials, findings, embellishments, glitter, wire and much more. For those artists who are looking for a lot of one item, MCW offers bulk pricing and discounts. Another feature it offers is art supply storage for every artist’s needs. It also has Amazon fulfillment of its online orders, so you can get great supplies without ever leaving home.
Texas Art Asylum
1719 Live Oak St.
Houston, TX 77003
A great place to find unique and quirky items for your next art project, Texas Art Asylum is an art supply store that doubles as a salvage store and thrift shop. Take some new supplies and meld them with some old things you’ve found to make one-of-a-kind art that you can’t find anywhere else. This shop also offers classes on how to best upcycle some items. Because it is part-salvage, Texas Art Asylum has an ever-changing inventory. Make sure to stop by on a regular basis to see what new and exciting things are for sale.
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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.