Materials List

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Drawing

To begin the lessons you will need the following basic materials:

  • An A3 sketch pad (minimum of 180gms paper)
  • 2H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B pencils
  • Putty rubber
  • Plastic rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Aerosol fixative
  • 2 sticks of willow charcoal
  • 1 stick of compressed charcoal
  • 1 stick of white conte crayon
  • A roll of kitchen towel

Optional materials:

  • India ink
  • Dipping pen with nib
  • Sepia conte crayon
  • A3 pad of watercolour paper (minimum of 280gms paper)

Pastels

You can buy a box set of chalk (soft) or oil pastels depending on your preference. Prices and quality range from children’s pastels to artist quality and it is best to spend a bit more as the pastels will last longer. A set should include the following colours:

  • Bright red
  • Lemon yellow
  • Warm brown
  • Mid orange
  • Bright green
  • Olive green
  • Mid blue
  • Midnight blue
  • Mauve
  • White
  • Black

You will also need paper for pastels which can be bought in a pad or loose sheets. It is preferable to buy a variety of colours and tooth (texture) of paper in order to experiment.

Watercolour

Paints can be purchased in tubes or pans. The pans come in small sets and are handy for outdoor painting however the tubes are easier to use. It is a matter of preference as to which you would prefer to use.

You will need the following colours:

  • Cerulean blue
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cadmium red
  • Cadmium yellow
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt umber
  • Raw sienna
  • Burnt sienna
  • Payne’s grey
  • Hooker’s green
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Yellow ochre
  • Gouache white

Watercolour brushes can be expensive and range in quality from pure Sable hair to synthetic. The expensive brushes will last the longest and hold the most paint however the synthetic brushes made by Daler or Eve are perfect for first time painters.

You will need the following watercolour brushes with soft hairs:

  • Round brushes: sizes 0, 3, 7, 18
  • Square-tip brushes: sizes ½”, 1″
  • Rigger brush: size 1
  • Large round mop brush

You can use a variety of containers as palettes so long as they are white. Old white plates, saucers or tiles are ideal however you may want to purchase a plastic segmented palette as they are light and easy to transport to and from art lessons.

You will also need watercolour paper which must be at least 280 gms. This can be bought in a pad or loose sheets and is available in a variety of textures (referred to as the tooth of the paper). The good quality watercolour paper has a high percentage of cotton and will not warp as much as regular paper.

You will also need:

  • Masking fluid (liquid latex)
  • A roll of kitchen towel
  • 2 containers for water
  • A roll of masking tape

Oil paints

Like all art equipment the quality, and thus cost, of oil paints varies. The better quality paints will have a smoother consistency and be easier to work with. The Rembrandt range is excellent and the Rowney Georgian or Winsor & Newton rages are good.

 

You will need the following colours:

  • Gesso (acrylic primer)

 

  • Cobalt blue
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Prussian blue
  • Cadmium red
  • Cadmium yellow
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt umber
  • Raw sienna
  • Payne’s grey
  • Sap green
  • Verde Green
  • Alizarin crimson or Carmine
  • Yellow ochre
  • Naples Yellow
  • Titanium white
  • Lamp black

 

Brushes (try get as many of these as you can afford)

·         Chiseled (flat where the metal joins the bristles with a square-tip), hog hair: sizes 1 inch, a ½ inch and a ¼ inch

  • Chiseled, soft haired : sizes 1 inch, ½ inch and ¼ inch
  • Filbert (flat where the metal joins the bristles but with rounded bristles), hog hair: sizes 1 inch, ½ inch and ¼ inch
  • Filbert, soft haired: sizes 1 inch, ½ inch and ¼ inch
  • Round (round where the metal joins the bristles with rounded bristles),hog hair brushes: sizes 0, 3, 7 and 12
  • Round, soft haired brushes: sizes 0, 3, 7 and 12
  • Fan brush

 

Paper and canvas:

  • A pad of 10 sheets of 16” x 20” (A3) primed Fredrix or Express-it canvas paper.
  • 1 x A4 stretched canvas  
  • 1  A3 stretched canvas
  • 2 x A4 canvas boards

 

You will also need:

  • A palette knife
  • A palette (white melamine coated masonite from the hardware store or a white wooden professional palette from the art store)
  • Genuine turpentine
  • Purified linseed oil
  • A roll of kitchen towel
  • 3 small containers with lids for the turpentine
  • A rag
  • Masking tape
  • Dishwashing liquid or cake of soap
  • Brush holder to transport and protect brushes
  • Dog clips

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