Materials – Drawing & Painting
- Beginner students will have to invest in these materials but for your first day you need only bring basic drawing supplies.
Notes; Pen/pencil for taking notes & any kind of folder to store your handouts I will give you.
Paper: Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Paper Pad 14 x 17 inches
Graphite drawing pencils, - Staedtler LUMOGRAPH brand (blue wood)
- H and 2H : at least 2 of each
Kneaded rubber eraser
Small utility knife: X-Acto retractable snap-off style
150/250 grit sandpaper or similar, in a sandwich-size ziplock baggie OR a sandpaper pencil-sharpener stick, found near the pencils in the art supply store
White and/or black masking tape
Brushes: Isabey or Robert Simmons are good synthetic brushes for the price. Please don’t bring bristle brushes. Buy the very best brushes you can afford, red sables are the best but expensive. I will teach you how to care for them.
Filberts, 2 each of sizes #10, #4, and #1
Rounds, 2 each of sizes #4, #1
(This means two identical brushes of each size)
Painting Panel: This workshop uses smooth painting panel pre-primed. I recommend Ampersand Gessoboard-Museum Series, or similar in 10”x 8”, 11” x 14” to max 12” x 16”.
Palette: Plain wooden oval style with a thumb hole is good. New Wave Palettes are very comfortable to hold. Please purchase what you can afford in a medium to large size and Don’t get too small and please NO WHITE, OR CLEAR.
(If it's brand new, please spread several thick coats of linseed oil for several days before using, or it will absorb all your oil paint.)
Medium stepped and flexible metal, diamond shaped blade is good, approx. 2 1/4" blade- type with "Made in Italy" stamped on handle is the best. Don’t get a too long blade they are difficult to mix with.
It's worth it to invest in higher quality paints. Please don’t buy student grade or really cheap paint.
Recommended brands:. *Rublev, Old Holland, Gamblin, Michael Harding and Williamsburg are all good brands I like to use.
* if you already own tubes of oil paint, bring what you have.
• White: Titanium
• Lead White (optional)
• Alizarin Crimson Permanent
• Vermilion (Rublev) or Cad Red Light
• Cadmium Yellow or (Lead Tin Yellow Rublev)
• Yellow Ochre
• Veridian Green
• Cobalt Blue
• Ultramarine Blue -(Ultramarine RED) in Rublev Brand
* Burnt Umber
* Raw Umber
Some notes about buying paints, the color labels can be confusing:
In general, don't buy anything that says "hue" in the name of the color. It means "fake," they are cheaper and don't use real pigments.
Note *** I recommend RUBLEV by Natural Pigments. They are a very good brand, well priced and made locally in Willits.
Oils and Solvents
• Refined Linseed Oil - (read label carefully, there are many kinds of Linseed oil)
+ small jars for storing small amounts at the easel
• Stand Oil - small bottle
I recommend this for underpainting • Gamsol OMS (Oderless mineral spirits by Gamblin) –WE USE VERY LITTLE SO YOU NEED ONLY A SMALL JAR. *For students flying in you may purchase from us as you can not fly with mineral spirits.
TIPS: A jar with marbles in the bottom works well for storing linseed oil in. Bring any small jars you have in your recycle like herb jars or hotel jam jars.
Ivory Soap – for washing brushes at home or buy brush soap from art supply
Canola Oil: I clean my oil off my brushes first with cheap conola oil then wash in soap and warm water. I use as little solvent as possible, you will learn how to clean your brushes and keep solvent use to a minimum along with safe studio practices.