Full-Time Atelier Supplies

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Drawing Supplies

– Generals Charcoal Pencils: 2 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.

-Optional: Rotary Lead Pointer. These are sharpeners used for mechanical pencil lead holders, but also work great with regular graphite pencils if the wood has been shaven down. Click here for an example.

– Markers (Grey), such as Copic, Blick, or other. Warm Grey or Cool Grey ok. I’d recommend getting a set of these, but if you don’t want to get a whole set, you can get them individually, and will need at least want one of them at %20 Grey. Click here to see an example.

– 1 Pencil sharpener.

– A few black ball point pens

– 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.  Canson Classic Cream 11×14 Drawing Pad is a great choice, though you will need to get 2 of them because each only has 20 pages. Still a great value for 2, click here to see this. About 11 x 14 is generally a size good, though ok to go a little smaller or bigger. It’s also best to find one with mico-perforated pages so that they can be taken out, as you’ll be putting your progress up on your studio wall.

– 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 charcoal and conte (150 – 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 right away (until about the 2nd half of the trimester), so you can wait on this if you like. 

– Optional for later in the year: Watercolor Paints for toning paper: Sennellier l’acuarelle brand, 1 tube each of Sepia Warm #440, Raw Umber #205, Raw Sienna #208.


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 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 Bristles (for primary application) and Synthetic (for semi-transparent and detail work), both filbert shape.

A variety of companies make these and my collection is an assortment of manufacturers. Robert Simmons Signet Bristle brushes are good price, both in price and performance. Blick Masterstroke Bristles are a ok though, Davinci Maestro also good, but pricey. You’ll want a range of sizes in the Filbert shape. Sizes can be confusing, as they often vary according to brand. I’d recommend getting 2 of each of those sizes below, but brushes can add up, and if you are on a tight budget, get 1 of each for now.

Rober Simmons Signet Bristle brushes, sizes 2-6. Click here for an example.

Princeton series 660 Synthetic Mongoose, sizes 0,4,8,12. Click here for an example.

You’ll need a few additional brushes for later, such as a soft round brush for blending, and size 00  round brush for small details.



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).  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 that.



-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, works great.



-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)

-Old Holland Carribean Blue

-Williamsburgh Raw Umber

-Williamsburgh Bohemian Green Earth

-Windsor Newton Alizarin Permanent (you can get Alizarin Crimson, which is a fair amount cheaper, but does not have as good lightfastness. Ok for learning, and actually is a slightly richer color, but not as good for longevity/archival qualities)

-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 Titanium White