Art Supplies -- Winter 2022 Courses

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Oil Painting:

A Traditional Approach

Painting Surface

  • Canvas paper pad, ARCHES oil paper pad, primed stretched canvas, or wood panels

  • At least 12”x14” or 12”x16”

Brushes: individual synthetic brushes or set that includes rounds, flats and filberts

  • 1 synthetic filbert for oil, 1/2“ (13mm) wide

  • 1 synthetic flat for oil, 1” (26mm) wide

  • 1 synthetic flat brush for oil, 1/2” wide(13mm)

  • 1 synthetic round brush for oil, size #8 (5.6mm wide, 22mm long)

  • 1 NATURAL hog bristle brush, about 1” (25mm) wide; Bright or Filbert is okay

Paint: use professional-quality paints if possible

  • Double Primary Palette with white, black, and a neutral

  • Burnt sienna (or burnt umber or raw umber)

  • Permanent rose (or alizarin crimson)

  • Cadmium Red hue

  • Cadmium yellow hue

  • Yellow ochre

  • Lemon yellow

  • Viridian

  • Ultramarine blue

  • Ivory black

  • Titanium white or any PW safer alternative

Additional Supplies

  • Masonite board, if you are using paper pad

  • Viva paper towels

  • Metal palette knife

  • 2B pencil, pencil sharpener, and vinyl eraser

  • 3M painter’s tape

  • Toned palette (glass or disposable)

  • Small container of odorless mineral spirits, such as Gamsol; for a safer solvent, Sennelier Green for Oil Thinner, 100% non-toxic, biodegradable

  • The Masters Brush cleaner and preserver

  • Small container of linseed oil

  • Gamblin solvent free fluid or gel medium

  • Glass container with a lid

  • Safflower oil to clean brushes

  • Tracing paper

  • Cotton ear swabs for lifting out color

Optional: Silicoil brush cleaning tank (glass with metal coil inside)

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Painting with Watercolors for Advanced Beginners

Paper: Strathmore Watercolor tablet (140 lb. cold press), 9x12 or larger. You can use any brand of paper – block, tablet, or loose. Unless you buy a block, you’ll need a drawing board or Masonite on which to tape your paper. Several loaners will be available.


Brushes: Three to six round brushes of varying sizes (#2 to #12). Unfortunately, manufacturers are not consistent in brush sizing, so just make sure to get a small, medium, and large. Choose natural or synthetic fibers, depending on how much you want to spend. Taklon brushes are good and inexpensive.


Watercolors: Watercolors come in tubes, half pans, or sets. Staedtler’s watercolor set of 24 is a good choice. Do not buy gouache!


Other supplies:

  • Watercolor palette (if your paints don’t come in a palette)

  • 1” painters’ tape

  • Jar or cup for water

  • Paper towels

  • #2 pencils

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Stencil film – five 8x10 sheets

  • Masking fluid

  • Access to camera, computer, and printer

Artsy Photography:

Cooling Down with Ocean Waves

  • 8x10 or smaller mixed media spiral notebook

  • Clipboard to work on

  • Apron or painting smock

  • 3-5 favorite images of ocean/water scenes, either in your cell phone, tablet device (larger than cell phone) or printed to use as guide prints

*you will use the same 3-5 images as we experiment with different media and techniques

*choose simple images without a lot of extra scenery


The Library will provide various art media

or you can bring your own

Photorealism in Graphite Pencils

Pencils – purchase as a set (e.g., General’s Kimberly set) or separately

  • 8B, 6B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, 2H, and 4H pencils

  • White plastic eraser (Mars/Staedtler) and sharpener


  • Strathmore Bristol Pad, 11x14 smooth or vellum (or comparable)

  • 11”x14” tracing paper for covering work in progress

Other materials

  • 18”x24” inch drawing board or piece of masonite (hardboard)

  • 3m painter’s tape

  • Kneaded eraser

  • 8 inch ruler

  • Tombow mono zero eraser and refill

  • Exacto knife

  • Tuff Stuff eraser stick

  • Westcott wooden dusting brush or a fluffy, clean, soft bristle paint brush