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Six Top Art Supply Shops in LA

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Color Pencils Photo by lars5 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

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With CalArts, Otis, Art Center College of Design, FIDM and SCI-Arc dotting LA's education landscape, students need the tools to get their art school on and Los Angeles Magazine has named six shops the "best" for art supplies in LA.

Which shops were deemed top of the artistic pops?
-Carter Sexton Artists Materials
-Artist & Craftsman Supply
-Urban Craft Center
-Blue Rooster
-Kit Kraft

While we dig many of the shops on this list and are especially proud that LA boasts solid art shops in several different neighborhoods, we were bummed to find The SCI-Arc Supply Store get short shrift in favor of the larger Kit Kraft. Both are excellent shops and serve local student populations well. We also find Zinnia to be more crafty than art-school friendly.

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This list might have benefitted from a broader look at some of the other artistic endeavors in Los Angeles that require specialty supplies, such as The Armory Center for the Arts Letterpress programs and UCLA's extension programs in photography along with the aforementioned FIDM, but LA Magazine's "top six" list offers something for artists of nearly every stripe and will no doubt inspire few new lists of our own. Best letterpress supply stores in LA, anyone?