Graphite Pencils/leads for mechanical pencils HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, H, 2H, 3H, 4H and sometimes 5H  The wood pencils I recommend are Staedtler Lumograph set or Caran D'Ache Grafwood and come in tins of small, medium & large and all the ranges in one large tin. Medium to large is recommended.

1 Magic Rub eraser

1 VANISH Four in One eraser

Exacto knife

Mechanical Pencil: Graph Gear 1000 .5mm, standard (leads listed above) and .3mm H, HB

TUFF STUFF Pencil Eraser by Papermate

**2 Large Blending Stumps No. 7 or 8 made in Taiwan by Pro Art (NOT CHINA) in a package

**2 medium Blending Stumps No. 6 by Pro Art

**2 Small Blending Stumps No. 3 or 4 by Pro Art

**3 Tortillions

Chamois (if possible, from Auto Zone only) provided if needed

Sketch Pad 10x13 drawing paper for small exercises

We will be using Strathmore Bristol Smooth 400 series for project - provided by instructor

~Some materials are supplied or for sale if available by the instructor if student cannot

Faber-Castell Perfection 7056  pencil eraser(pink)

Faber-Castell Perfection 7058pencil eraser(whi

Haki Brush large (watercolor brush)

A quality pencil sharpener for wood pencils

Notebook for notes


Colored Pencil Supply List – Portrait

1 sheet fabriano artistico extra white 140 lb. I will have paper available for class.

Faber-Castell polychromo colored pencils. I use a small  set and order other colors as needed.

Blu-Tack or comparable

Haki brush (Hobby Lobby)

Faber Castell  WHITE pencil eraser or a typewriter eraser. It’s a much more coarse eraser.


++Oil Painting For Beginners  to Intermediate                                     

The class will involve learning to paint what you see, basic techniques and composition and mixing colors.

You always knew if you ever picked up a paintbrush, you'd be the next Rembrandt--or at the very least, you've always enjoyed finger painting. Under the tutelage of a professional artist and experienced tutor, learn various brush techniques, learn how to mix colours and paint with oil paints - different painting techniques including dry brush method, use drawing in preparation for painting - create your own oil painting on canvas. The following list is a lot to comprehend but remember that most of this stuff is aquired over time.  The necessary basics are marked accordingly with *



Bring any supplies you would normally use to produce a finished painting.


Suggestions: bring good brushes like Robert Simmons White Sables, & mainly Rosemary & Co. make good brushes as well. All various sizes and shape.  I use a lot of different brands mentioned above the majority of the time. You don’t have to go and buy all of these. Here is what I recommend: Choose any brand you wish just not all of them.


Grumbacher Bristle brushes:                        white taklons:

Flats: size10, 8                                 Filbert & Flats: size 8, 6 & 4

Filberts:  8



Long and one or two extra-long Filberts: size 2, 3, 4, 6


*SABLE BRUSHES Mongoose, Kolinsky, Synthetic Sables (pick a few various sizes not all of them are necessary) 3 or 4 sables is great.

I use a variety of Mongoose, Kolinsky, synthetic sable and synthetic mongoose brushes from Rosemary and Co., Escoda, Isabey, etc.

Flats extra-long: size 2, 3, 4, 6, 8

Filberts extra long: size 2, 3, 4, 6, 8

SyntheticSable Round: 2 & 4

I also occasionally use smaller brushes in 00, 0 2 & 3 sizes.


I use mostly flats and filberts in the extra long length. Rounds once in a while but mostly for drawing or when a painting requires it.


*Portable easel (optional for plein air painting)

*Large brush for prepping canvas like a size 12 bristle filbert or flat.

*Palette knifes please do not get the plastic ones. They don’t work or maneuver well. Japanese Steel is best.

*Masterson airtight palette with GREY palette paper NOT WHITE 12x16 size (it’s blue and white)

*Odorless Mineral Spirits NO turpenoid, Gamblin’s Gamsol from Dick Blick, ASW Express or Jerry’s Artarama




*Oil paints: various basic colors….

               Titanium White

Ultramarine Blue

               Cobalt Blue

               Cadmium Red medium or light

               Cadmium Yellow medium

Cadmium yellow light and Cadmium Lemon

               Cad Orange (optional)

Yellow Ochre

Olive Green

               Alizarin Crimson or Alizarin Permanent is preferable

               Burnt Umber

               Burnt Sienna

               Payne’s Gray


Ultra Marine Violet and Manganese Violet


I use various brands like Rembrandt, Gamblin, Charvin, Williamsburg or Holbein Duo Aqua.  Artist’s Colours, please not Winsor Newton Winton as it is a student low grade paint with a lot of fillers and isn’t pure pigment. For starter painters that don't want to spend a ton of money try Grumbacher Pre-Tested oil paints. They're good paint and inexpensive. It’s best to have good quality paints rather than student grade paint. Paints like Reeve’s, or craft paint won’t work.


Please feel free to bring any and all colors you have. We can share if there are extra paints available.


*Paper towels like Bounty, Viva or Walmart Brand extra absorbent


If you can get a pad of Canvas Paper (Hobby Lobby) to practice studies and color chart studies that would be great. If not I can buy some and share.


*Canvas and canvas boards:

Creative Mark canvas panels are great and cost about $2 each.  Cheap brand canvas panels can warp when paint is applied like Dick Blick or Master’s Touch. Ampersand Gesso board panels are good too. You may want to bring a few 16x20, 9x12, 11x14 and some smaller ones for quick sketch studies. I use Centurion DP oil primed linen panels from Jerry's Artarama


*Brush Washer:

Stainless Steel Brush Washer like DaVinci or a soft

Brush Coil jar


Anything to store your Mineral Spirits in that has an airtight lid and won’t spill when transporting. Just no glass



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