Lots of students have been asking where they can get their own art supplies. Shanghai is an excellent place to find good (relatively inexpensive) art materials, you just have to know where to look. Here are a few of our favourite shops.
Fuzhou Lu - the art supply street
福州路364号 (402号 and 480号 are also good for painting supplies)
check in lots of those shops, they all have a similar assortment.
Your local stationary shop is likely to have some of the basic supplies you'll need, plus some other cool things.. try looking in some shops around where you live too.
I've also heard that this shop is good:
Marie's Painting Materials
No. 850 Xikang Road near Haifang Lu.
And of course,
Taobao 淘宝 (you'll need a parent's permission)
Taobao Field Guide (for English help navigating Taobao)
By the way, if you're looking for music supplies, just a couple blocks south of Fuzhou Lu is the music supply street, Jingling Lu 金陵路.