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)
- 2H, H, HB: 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 masking tape called "Artist's Tape" found in art supply store
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. 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)
Drawing materials (for preparatory drawing)
Tracing paper, 9 x 12 or 12 x 14 inches, a few sheets or small pad
Palette: Wooden oval style with a thumb hole is good. Medium size don’t get too small and please don’t get white
(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.)
Small stepped and flexible metal, diamond shaped blade, approx. 2 1/4" blade- type with "Made in Italy" stamped on handle is the best. Don’t get a long blade they are difficult to mix with.
It's worth it to invest in higher quality paints. Please don’t buy student grade.
Recommended brands:. *Rublev, Old Holland, Gamblin, Michael Harding and Williamsburg are all good brands.
* if you already own tubes of oil paint, bring what you have.
• White: Titanium
• Lead White (good but 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
Not absolutely required but I recommend this for underpainting • Gamsol OMS (Oderless mineral spirits by Gamblin) –WE USE VERY LITTLE SO YOU NEED ONLY A SMALL JAR.
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.
Your First Painting Panel is provided: This workshop uses smooth wood painting panel pre gessoed. You will learn about different painting surfaces too.