Cretacolor is a leading dry media manufacturer based in Austria where all its products have been manufactured for decades. Cretacolor products are internationally recognized as being of very high quality, with high colour intensity, rich colour laydown and superior lightfastness. Teacher’s choice Beginner sets comprise basic and carefully chosen art materials required by every art student and selected by more than 500 teachers in the USA. Pencils are crafted with the best quality cedar wood and are pre-sharpened. These are highly pigmented and are suitable for drawing, sketching and smudging. Materials are arranged in a hinged metal box, suitable for gift giving, consisting of Graphite Pencils (2B & 4B), sketching and drawing pencils (Nero & Charcoal), Monolith Graphite 6B, compressed charcoal, hard pastels (sanguine, burnt black), kneaded eraser, Monolith eraser, paper blending stick and sand paper are all included in a tin box.