Material Lists for Painting Classes
The Art School provides all materials including paint, canvas, brushes, turpentine etc for a flat fee of $40. (The material fee does not apply to the Watercolor or Plein Air Oil Painting class, students provide their own materials)
Materials List for Watercolor Class (student grade/store brands are fine and are most affordable)
Instructor: Casey Inch
a) Graphite pencil- harder pencils (H) are best as they don't smudge.
b) Erasers- one kneaded, one hard (pink pearl)
c) Watercolor paper- 140 lb pad or block in a size you're comfortable carrying with you. Hot or Cold press is fine. Hot press is smooth, Cold press has a subtle texture. You can also get rough if you like a lot of texture. Cold press is most commonly used.
d) Watercolors- compact travel kits are fine. If you buy individual tubes, you will need a small palette as well. Essential colors are primary- red, yellow, blue, black and white. Beyond this you may choose to buy as many colors as you like. *optional- tube of white guache (opaque water based paint)
e) Watercolor brushes- 1" Flat brush for staining and a small range of different sizes/shapes. Get a minimum of two (one mid size, one for fine detail).
f) small jar for water
g) rag/paper towel
Material List for Plein Air Oil Painting, (Painting in Central Park)
Instructor - Casey Inch
Painting outside requires a little planning and efficient packing. For the first time out we suggest to keep it simple. As you become a devotee of painting outdoors you might want to invest in a “French easel’ and other items. This being an outdoor painting class, you will need some sort of easel- anything from an inexpensive folding easel to a French Easel or Pochade box- just ask an employee at the art supply store for plein-air easel options.
3 Pre-stretched primed Canvas or Canvas board - any manageable size 10”x12”, 8”x10”, 10"x14”
-canvas boards are most affordable and easy to carry.
PAINT - Small tubes (37ml)
*Cadmium Yellow hue ("hue" are acceptable, and more affordable)
*Cadmium Red hue ("hue" are acceptable, and more affordable)
Optional colors: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Naples Yellow, Cerulean and/or Prussian Blue
*Utrecht or Pearl Paint brands are good and are most affordable (best to avoid pre-packaged sets). Gamblin and Windsor & Newton- make a good consistency of oil paints that are also very affordable. Old Holland- Great consistency of paint and excellent color but they can be very expensive.
**Student grade paints are fine for beginners and intermediate artists and usually even large tubes are moderately price
1) Buy a minimum of 3 brushes- #1 round, #6 filbert, #12 flat or filbert (make sure they are meant for oil paints) Utrecht and Pearl Paint will have their own brand of brushes which are very affordable
2) Palette Knife - trowel shape preferred, not too small. This is used to mix paint.
* Brushes of different sizes- Rounds, Filberts, and Flats. (rounds and filberts will likely be used most) buy a few of each ranging from small (#1 - 2) to mid (#4-8) to large (#10-14) natural bristle brushes are good. you may also choose to buy a few sable brushes (these are softer and produce a different stroke) Utrecht and Pearl will have their own brand of brushes which are most affordable-
TURPENTINE AND MEDIUM
1) Turpenoid (blue container) odorless mineral spirits *(do not buy 'Turpenoid Natural')
2) Palette- either a paper palette block (disposable) or permanent palette (wood, plastic, etc.)
3) small, sealable jar(like a baby food jar) or palette cup (for turpenoid)
4) "Silicoil" brush cleaning tank- inexpensive and great for cleaning brushes.
5) Rags or paper towels (and a plastic bag to transport dirty towels home)
1) small lightweight easel (you may choose to rest your canvas on your lap or against a tree, but there are some very affordable options that will make things easier for you)
2) Utrecht Art Supplies carries a lightweight, folding tabletop easel that can sit on the ground for $20
Amazon.com carries a folding aluminum easel for $25
3) SUN HAT or hat with visor. And sun-screenOld Masters Brush Cleaner (helps preserve your brushes and is recommended for cleaning)
4) Carry all. Or paint box that has space for palette and canvas boards. A Pochade is a paint box made for using outdoors, you can carry your pallet and boards in it. Or Strong canvas bag to carry everything!
5) Hand protection: Latex Gloves or Winsor Newton Barrier Cream for hands