Classical Part-Time Atelier Supplies

Drawing Supplies

-Black conte pencils (wooden), 2 of each HB and 2B – Conte a Paris, pierre noire

-Graphite pencils wooden, variety with at least 3 of each HB and 2B.

-Staedtler Mars Technico 2mm Led Holder

-2mm leads, variety including 2H, 2B, HB (Alvin brand is fine, too).

-2mm lead sharpener. I like my Staedtler Mars Rotary.

-Optional: Vine charcoal, one box each Soft, HB, Hard (Nitram or Fusains)

-General’s compressed charcoal pencil or Pitt Pastel pencil, black

-General’s white chalk pencil or Pitt Pastel pencil, white

-Newsprint pad(s) 18×24 – smooth (if you can find it, we can make do with rough)

-Drawing pad 18×24 – Strathmore 400 series, 80lb or comparable

-Toned drawing paper, one or two sheets, choose lightly tinted such as Earth, Green/Gray or Sky Blue

-Drawing board

-Bulldog clips to hold paper to board, at least 2

-Flat edge razor blade

-Sand paper, 220 grit. Get the full sheets from a hardware store. The finger sized pieces sold at art supply stores won’t do you any good.

-Kneaded eraser

-Optional: Pen body eraser such as the Tombow Mono Zero

-Plumb line (like a bolt tied to the end of a string)

-Skewer or knitting needle

-Artist tape

-Canson trasing paper

-Sketchbook (any size)

Note: For the first class, bring sketchbook and/or notebook for notes, drawing board, alligator clips, newsprint pad, conte pencils, flat edge razor, and sandpaper. We will go over the supply list the first day. Meantime, if you have questions, please feel free to email me at

As a student, you are eligible for 10% discounts at local art supply stores such as Daniel Smith, Blick, Dakota, and others. I buy my most of my own supplies at

Painting Supplies

-Wooden Palette – oval with thumb hole

-Palette Knife – Carbon or stainless steel, raised handle (so that your fingers fit under handle when holding knife flat), tapered tip.

-DS Sol or Gamsol, but NOT just “Odorless Mineral Spirits” – they are not the same thing. No other solvent is allowed in the studio.

-Solvent container with sealable top – this is useful for cleaning brushes (Silicoil or metal type with hinged lid).

-Optional: Two small containers/palette cups WITH lids that can clip onto palette – one of these filled with solvent is enough for a painting session.

-Refined or Cold Pressed Linseed oil (refined is much cheaper, and fine for now).

-Gamblin Galkyd Gel

-Masters Brush cleaning cake or Ivory soap bar

-Paper towels, shop towels, or rags for wiping brushes. I use Scott blue shop towels.

-Brushes: long handled, filbert sizes 4, 6, 8 and 12 (one can never have too many brushes). Two of each. Inexpensive, synthetic brushes. Bristle brushes are good too, but I usually use synthetics. If you get bristle brushes I suggest sizes 2, 4, 6 and 10. I also like to have a couple of super tiny round brushes, but they’re not required for this class. Later you will need a large gesso brush.

-Canvas: have several small panels that are 8×10, 9×12 or 11×14. A pad of canvas sheets that you attach to a board is also ok. Later we will use medium sizes such as 14×18, 16×20, or 18×24, 20×24. Pre-stretched canvas is okay if you are willing to give them another coat or two of gesso. We’ll talk about paint surfaces so you can hold off on getting the medium-big sizes. You may want to make your own.

-Can of white acrylic gesso for later in term.

-Paints – do NOT get student grade such as WN Winton. Also I have not heard good reports about water soluble oil paints. This is a set of basic colors:

Titanium White*

Flake or Cremnitz White (which is Lead White)*

Ivory Black*

Raw Umber*

Raw Sienna (or Yellow Ochre)

Cad Yellow Medium

Cad Red Light and/or Vermillion (I prefer Cad Red Light over Vermilion)

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

In addition, you may wish to add:

Nickel Yellow

Naples Yellow Italian (Williamsburg)

Ultramarine Blue

*If you are new to painting you’ll only need these four colors to learn paint handling in grisaille. You may want to have the others on hand for experimentation, but they are only necessary if you are starting the year in color.

As a student, you are eligible for 10% discounts at local art supply stores such as Daniel Smith, Blick, Dakota, and others. I buy most of my own supplies at For any questions, please email me at