BASIC SUPPLY LIST:  suggested but not required

  • alizarin crimson
  • cad red light
  • ultramarine blue
  • cobalt blue
  • yellow ochre
  • cad yellow light
  • cad orange (can be mixed)
  • burnt sienna
  • red oxide
  • viridian green thalo yellow green
  • thalo rose (for those painting flowers)
  • paynes grey
  • white

Suggested brands: Grumbacher, Winsor Newton, Rembrandt

Brushes: various sizes, flats, rounds and filberts. Available through catalog order or AZ Art Supply, Michaels.

  • pallet
  • pallet knife
  • odorless thinner
  • paper towels
  • small canvas panels (no larger than 11×14)
  • masking tape or clip to attach photos to easel


6-8 large photographs of well-composed images with distinct light and shadow areas and good contrasts.  Enlarge these photos to 8×10 or 9×11 to expose the detail.

  • bristle brushes
  • palette paper or glass
  • odorless brush cleaner (oil painters)
  • paper towels or blue shop towels
  • latex or nitrile gloves are HIGHLY recommended
  • large brushes up to house painting size
  • interesting materials that could add texture to your composition

Paint Colors.  Renee uses a limited palette of colors from which she mixes every color imaginable. The only seven colors are Utrecht brand from Dick Blick.

  • cadmium orange
  • cadmium red light
  • ultramarine blue
  • thalo green
  • cadmium yellow light
  • alizarin crimson
  • titanium white


For all mediums:

  • 10-12 artfully composed, interestingly lighted photographs.  I strongly suggest not using photos taken with a  flash
  • 3-5 canvases, no larger than 16 x 20
  • 1-2 canvases no larger than 9 x 12
  • Assortment of flexible, metal palette knives no larger than 3 inches. Utrecht/Dick Black palette knives by RGM, style 109 or Jerry’s Artarama brand Creative Mark S61 preferred.
  • Paint Colors: Renee uses a limited palette of only 6 colors from which she mixes virtually any color available in tubes.  However feel free to bring plenty of what you have. You will go through a lot of paint.
    • This is what Renee uses: Utrecht Brand – Cadmium Orange Pure, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light, Thalo Green, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Titanium White.
    • Stay away from any non-pure colors.  These will say HUE, OXIDE, BARIUM, etc. on the labels.
  • Glass or plastic palette. Disposable paper palettes tend to absorb the moisture of the paint
  • Nitrile or latex gloves. Mandatory for oil painters
  • Paper towels or blue shop towels
  • Color wheel
  • Odorless turpenoid (for oil painters)
  • Optional – volume additives such as Liquin Impasto for oil or Gesso products for acrylic. Linseed oil, Liquin gel, etc.

Paint Colors.  Renee uses a limited palette of colors from which she mixes every color imaginable. The only seven colors are Utrecht brand from Dick Blick.

  • cadmium orange
  • cadmium red light
  • ultramarine blue
  • thalo green
  • cadmium yellow light
  • alizarin crimson
  • titanium white



Instructor will furnish the pencils and drawing paper


  • Pan or tube watercolors such as Winsor Newton or Yarka St. Petersburg in 24 colors
  • One #1 round watercolor brush
  • One #5 round watercolor brush
  • One 1/2″ or 1″ flat watercolor brush
  • Tablet of 140lb cold press watercolor paper in 9×12 or 11×14 size or larger
  • Pencil, artist’s eraser, water cup, 2 sheets of paper towel


  • Sunscreen, sun hat, camping stool, or portable lawn chair
  • Pencil, artist’s eraser, tiny pencil sharpener (optional), 2 sheets of paper towel
  • #5 round watercolor brush (or #6), water bottle
  • Portable pocket size watercolor travel kit; Arizona Art Supply has a Winsor Newton Cotman travel kit with 12 colors for $17.32
  • Moleskin makes the best watercolor sketch albums for your journal. Try to get the largest you can afford because it is meant to last for years. Or, you can get a large format sketchbook at Barnes & Noble or online at Make sure the pages are plain and not lined for notes. Check to see that will accept watercolor
  • If you do not want to watercolor your pencil sketches then buy an array of different pencils. For example, a 6B drawing pencil, a Conte ‘sanguine’ pastel pencil and a Derwent watercolor pencil in a nature-oriented color.


  • Several each of canvases or canvas panels, 6×8, 8×10, 9×12, 12×12, 11×14, 12×16, 16×20, square sizes are good for faces
  • Vine of willow charcoal, medium size (soft or medium), graphite pencils, anything for doing big drawings, black oil crayon is ok
  • Sketch pad – larger is better
  • Paper palette or palette
  • A pack of canvas pads for color studies, 11×14 is a good size
  • Paint:  titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium orange, alizrian crimson, admits red, permanent rose, ultramarine blue, viridian, black. Please do not bring cheap paint or oil painting sets – bring good paint! Sarah uses Utrecht paint – very buttery for thick brushstrokes.  She also likes Grumbacher and Gambling
  • Paint brushes of various sizes 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 etc. flats and filberts – stiff brushes or hog brushes are best!  No soft brushes!
  • A palette knife for scraping palette
  • Paper towels
  • Turp, turp jar, any painting medium such a liquin or linseed oil, walnut oil, galkyd slow dry
  • Small pocket mirror to look at your work in reverse
  • Photos of your favorite animals or pet

Susan will provide a photo library, extra paper towels and some extra canvases and panels.


Winsor & Newton are preferred brands

  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Winsor Blue
  • Winsor Green
  • Lemon Yellow Hue
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Red
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Titanium White
  • Walnut Oil Medium

Brushes:  Filberts, flats of various sizes, sable liner or script brush. Palette & palette knife, paper towels, Gamsol brush cleaner and brush water, masking tape or clip for attaching photo.

Photo  & pre-sketched canvas will provided by instructor as well as Munsell color wheel.


The class will be using a limited pallet of:

Raw Umber
Cadmium Red
Yellow Ochre
Ivory Black
Titanium White

1 – 16×20 Canvas

Brushes: Filberts, flats of various sizes, palette & palette knife, paper towels, Gamsol medium.

Reference photo will be provided.