Full-Time Atelier Supplies

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Drawing Supplies

– Generals Charcoal Pencils: 4 of hard,  4 of medium , 2 of soft.

-Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils. 3 of White #101.

– Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils: 3 of Indian Red #192, and 2 of Black #199.

– Conte a Paris Pierre Noir Pencil: 2 of b.

– Graphite pencils, range of 2h to 9b. You don’t have to have every single grade between these two. I’d recommend getting 1 of 2h, 3 of hb, 2 of 2b, 1 of 4b, and 2 of 9b. Or you can simply get a pencil set that includes these.

– 1 pad Canson Tracing Paper 14×17 preferred

– 1 pad Smooth Newsprint Paper, 18×24. Don’t get the rough kind! Click Here to see an example.

– 1 Sketchbook for anatomy studies. ‘Off white’ paper preferable to bleach white varieties, such as that found in Moleskine sketchbooks, though not critical.  About 11 x 14 is generally a size good, though ok to go a little smaller or bigger.  Pentalic nature sketch a good option. Click here to see an example.

– Drawing Board: this can simply be an 18×24 mdf wood panel, foam-core board or similar

– 1 roll of artists tape

– 2 Kneaded erasers

– Tortillions: 1 pack of small size, 1 pack of medium size. If you prefer to get a variety pack instead, that’s fine.

– Blending Brushes. I’ll be getting these for you and can be purchased from me.

– 2 bulldog clips or similar to clamp newsprint to your board.

– Razor blades for sharpening pencils, the rectangular box cutter refills are best for this. Click Here to see an example.

– Mahl stick. This is simply a closet dowel, cane, or similar about 2.5-3 ft long, used to steady and keep your hand from smudging. There are nice ones available at Daniel Smith but are on the expensive side.

– Some dark sewing thread or fishing line

– Sandpaper for sharpening pencils (150 or 200 grit, depending on preference). This is better found at hardware stores. Don’t get those ‘chicken leg’ hand held sticks with sandpaper. 

– 3 sheets Fabriano Artistico Traditional White Watercolor Paper, hotpressed, 140lbs. You’ll want to get this in store most likely. Check for dings in the paper before purchasing. You won’t need this until later, so you can wait on this if you like. 

-Watercolor Paints for toning paper: Sennellier l’acuarelle brand, 1 tube each of Sepia Warm #440, Raw Umber #205, Raw Sienna #208. You won’t need this until later, so you can wait on this if you like.


Painting Supplies

-Refresh any basic drawing supplies you might need, such as smooth newsprint, conte/charcoal pencils, tracing paper, toned paper for studies, etc.


-Williamsburgh Ivory Black

-Williamsburgh Raw Umber

-Williamsburgh Flake White. I use Natural Pigments Rublev Colors’ Lead White #1, but this needs to be ordered from them.

-Williamsburgh Titanium White



– Refined linseed oil

– Tube of Gamblin Galkyd Gel, Daniel Smith Oil and Alkyd Painting Medium, or Oleoresgel from Natural Pigments. Gamblin Galkyd Gel preferred over the Dan Smith one. I currently use Oleoresgel, but that needs group ordering if  you want to save on shipping.



-Either Gamsol or DS Sol only. No other solvents accepted.

-Solvent container with lid for rinsing and dipping brushes



I’ll be bringing in a set of brushes to illustrate what you’ll need, but you can get started with the info below:

The primary type of brushes you’ll be using are Bristle.  A variety of companies make these and my collection is an assortment of manufacturers. My local favorite is the Daniel Smith Premium Red Boar Hog Bristle brushes. Click Here to view these.  Blick Masterstroke Bristles are a good option, though the Dan Smith ones are a little better. You’ll want a range of sizes in the Filbert shape. The most common sizes you’ll be using are 2-6, so I’d recommend getting 2 of each of those sizes. If you are on a tight budget, get 1 of each for now. You’ll also want an 8, 10, and 12, but won’t need those immediately. Later in the year if you are working on a larger painting you may want a 14 or 16 but is not necessary for the majority of this year’s curriculum.

You’ll also need a few very small brushes for tight details/accents, and these are usually only found in the Round shape. Having these as bristle is preferable but not as important as the others–synthetics or others are okay. These sizes are usually labeled as 2×0 or 2/0, 0, and 1. You won’t need these until the 2nd trimester.

Last, you’ll need some soft round brushes for softening edges/blending. Click Here to see an example of these sorts of brushes. Some of the writing has worn so I don’t know the specifics, but I know the first two (from left to right) are made by Princeton Art& Brush (2nd one #2 round 2650r), and the 3rd by Windsor Newton (which looks to be a red sable or similar). The one on the right is a DaVinci black sable #16 (their 16 is smaller then a corresponding 16 filbert listed above). The Sables tend to be pricey unless there is a discount going. I remember the Princetons weren’t very expensive, and I always purchase these kind of brushes in the store so I can get a feel for the brush before buying.

-Bristle Brushes (see description above) Daniel Smith Premium Red Boar Hog Bristle brushes recommended.

-Soft round brushes for blending (see description above). If you want to see these in person first before ordering, that’s fine, you won’t be using them for awhile.


Canvases and Panels:

– Yes! Canvas Pads: 1 6×8 pad, and 1 11×14 pad. Click Here to see Yes canvas pads. Alternatively, you can get 2 of the 11 x 14 pads (or larger), and cut into smaller dimensions for your smaller studies (which you will be doing a lot of). Yes! Some other brands are ok, but avoid those with a large weave/texture, as most are.

– After we finish our short studies section you’ll need linen, but I’ll be speaking to you about making a group order.



-Dan Smith Acrylic Gesso White also or Golden white acrylic gesso, at least 1 Quart size.

-Dan Smith Acrylic Gesso Stone Grey, or get both Golden White and Black Gesso, and mix your own value for toning.

– Later you will probably need Gamblin Oil Ground, 8oz or 16oz. Much better deal on 16oz.


Brush Cleaning:

-Bar(s) of unscented soap. Works just as well as the expensive stuff at the art stores. I get ivory, but it doesn’t really matter.



-Palette Knife

-Palette. I use the New Wave Grand View Confidant. Click here to see an example. As you’ll be working monochromatically, you might want to start with something more basic and a bit smaller, but it is up to you. New Wave also makes one called the Highland, which is smaller. These can be found at Blick or Dan Smith, along with other varieties.



Color Paint Supplies

Standard Paints:

-Ivory Black (Williamsbugh preferred, but others okay)

-Cobalt Blue (Williamsbugh preferred, but others okay)

-Prussian Blue or Old Holland Carribean Blue

-Williamsburgh Raw Umber

– Windsor Newton Alizarin Permanent

-Cadmium Red light or Vermillion. I recommend waiting until the first day of class to purchase this as brands will vary quite a bit with these colors.

-Williamsburgh Raw Sienna (NOT Raw Sienna Italian)

-Williamsburgh Naples Yellow Italian

-Williamsburgh Nickel Yellow

-Williamsburgh Flake White, or Rublev Lead White#1 or Flemish White.

-Williamsburgh Titanium White


A little later you may need these other colors/item. I’d recommend waiting to do a group order though for the Rublev paints to save on shipping:

-Williamsburgh Bohemian Green Earth

-Williamsburgh Chromium Oxide

-Rublev French Umber

-Rublev Nicosia Green Earth

-Rublev Blue Ridge Yellow Ochre

-Blick Permanent Tuscan Earth