I would prefer oil or acrylic, but Watercolor, gouache and pastels are ok. The basics apply to all, but my working with you in some media may not be as facile.
You don't have to get all this stuff, it's over kill, and the minimum basics are fine.
The main thing to remember is we are painting small mostly 2X3? at first. Some will get to go bigger other students will stay small until they get a breakthrough. Be sure to bring your own photos with clear contrasts and interesting shapes. Remember to double-check your kit, we always forget something.
EASELS - Either a full or half French easel for beginners or on a higher end budget, pochade box with tripod. Remember this is for portable use painting outside. Please don?t bring an easel designed just to put paintings on. They don?t work.
Pencil, charcoal or three values of grey markers and a sketchbook.
BRUSHES & PALETTE KNIFE - For oils and acrylics, #5, #3 and #1 bristle Flat and a small rigger for detail stuf. A palette knife is useful for all
Mediums. Be sure to get the kind with the inverted handle rather than the
More awkward model shaped like a table knife.
PALETTE - Wood or Plexiglas/ glass.
PAINTING SURFACES - Canvas board least 4 panels for class in sizes of 6x8 or 8x10 these you will break up into several paintings on one.
Arts Center will supply Mona Lisa Solvents and a can for solvent recycling A brush cleaning jar with a coiled wire on the bottom (Silicoil makes one for about $5). I like the Hoblein metal container with the inside
Separator. Gamblin and Windsor Newton are the best cheap brands, Hoblein is my favoritefor advanced work. No water based oil if you can help it.
Cadmium red light
Cadmium yellow medium
Cadmium yellow light, pale or lemon
Both ultramarine and cobalt
If your lazy like me add yellow Ochre, Sap Green and Mineral Violet or Dioxide Purple.
Large tube of titanium white I like Rembrandt nice and creamy is the rule.
MEDIUMS - linseed if you want, not really necessary till advanced.
MISCELLANEOUS STUFF - Big, big hat (a must), sun block, Paper towels or rags for cleaning, trash bag. Razor blade scraper for your palette, clamp on umbrella.
For your easel (a must), sketchbook, pencil, a digital camera and a backpack you don?t care about for all your stuff.