(Taken from my doll's blog, so if the wording is a bit 1775, that's why) Artist's Set:
1. Easel: Tis plastic. It is painted most cunningly to resemble wood, but close up, it is plastic. However, it has 2 lengths, and a nice drawer. The pegs on the bottom must be put all the way down for it to stand. The clasp is actual metal, and if one pulls it up, the part where it is extends to fit the pad. Grade: A- (for the plastic) 2. The brushes are marvelous! They are made just like real artists' brushes with high quality tips. They are marked American Girl where a maker's mark usually goes on real brushes. Grade: A++ 3. The pencils are nice, but more colors could have been included: there is one yellow, 2 black, and 1 white. They work and are apparently 'Watercolor Pencils'. Grade: A (for ordinariness) 4. The paint-box is made out of cardboard with an Indian print. It is very nicely done. Grade: A+ 5. The paints are rather small, and there could have been another shade in the box, but they look quite realistic and come in Sunset Orange, Sunflower Yellow, Grass Green, and Sky Blue. Grade: A+ 6. The smock is all right, and the paint splatters are different on each side. It could have been more realistic if the splatters were more spread out (So Tara says from experience), but the Grade is still A. 7. The palette is also plastic, but the paint looks realistic, so B-.
Average Grade: A
UPDATE: After a while of having this I have realized that I never use the palette. Grade has been revised. It just sits in a box because it's too awkward really to put on a doll.