April 22, 2019 | 59° F

Use these local stores to explore your artistic side

Photo by Casey Ambrosio |

Whether you’re an art student at the Mason Gross School of the Arts or just an amateur experimenting with the myriad of art forms, you’ll need to buy your basic supplies. Rutgers happens to be located around numerous art stores for artists of all levels. Finding the right art store, one that fits your needs, is essential in inspiring your creativity. 

George Street Camera and Framing Company

If not apparent from the name, this art store has supplies for those seeking to improve their photography skills. George Street Camera provides countless camera accessories including camera bags, memory cards, film, photo albums and lenses galore. Their services do not end there, of course. George Street Camera also serves as a go-to camera repair store, as well as film developing and printing.

Modern Art Solutions

Located on 421 Raritan Ave., Modern Art Solutions offers a range of contemporary supplies, like rainbow screen-printing projects, and t-shirts.

Tiger Art Supplies

Based in Highland Park, not too far off campus, Tiger Art Supplies is perfect for those who make traditional art, like sketching, drawing and painting. It’s a paradise with every type of pen, marker and pencil in any style ink, thickness and color that you could imagine. They also donated their art supplies to people making posters for Women’s March on Washington last January.

Art Materials Services (AMS)

Just off the Cook and Douglass campuses, AMS serves as a haven for those who dabble in the field of woodwork. From every sort of screwdriver accessory to unnumerable sets of blades, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for.


Saving the best, and my personal favorite, for last, Michaels is a popular crafts store. Products here include baking supplies, sketching utensils, canvases, woodworking tools, glass tools and just about everything else artists could ask for. Michaels is home to an encouraging atmosphere, where amateurs and artists of all levels and interests are welcome. The nearest shop is on Route 1.

Priyanka Bansal

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