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Art Supplies Information

Art Supplies:

Students work with a variety of mediums in class.  This page is designed to give you a general idea of what you might need.  Beginning students often focus on drawing skills, then move into color mediums like oil or acrylic paint or pastel.  Purchase supplies from your favorite art supply store, or order from Blick, our online supplier.  Most paints come in "student" and "professional" grades.  You will probably not need professional grade to start but, we do not recommend cheapest supplies found in many hobby and craft stores.


Here are my recommendations. Call me with any questions 513/403-6255.


Click here for a printable list.


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Drawing:

Drawing: the basics: 

9 x 12 spiral bound sketchbook 

pencils  

also nice to have: vine charcoal 

kneaded eraser 

newsprint (paper) 18 x 24 or larger


optional drawing and sketching supplies: 

round graphite sticks 

black (compressed) charcoal 

compressed white charcoal 

conte 

a drawing board (18 x 24) 

quality drawing papers and pads


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Painting:


When you buy paint, you will notice some manufacturers offer student grade and professional grade paint.  Student grade paints are less expensive than the professional grade because the pigment used to make the color has been reduced or replaced with other fillers.  Beginning painters usually buy student grade.  I would avoid the super cheap sets like Artist Loft.


A good option for beginning painting is to start monochromatic (one color).  Black and white would be one option.  Naples yellow and burnt umber (resulting in a sepia tone) would also work.


For colors, here are 2 options:

basic primary pallet (you can mix most colors with just these 5)
phthalo blue
cad yellow med
alizarin crimson
burnt umber
titanium white


extended primary palette (a warm and cool for each primary color)
ultra marine blue
phthalo blue
cad lemon
cad yellow med
cad red light
alizarin crimson
burnt umber
titanium white
ivory black


Earth colors, like naples yellow, burnt and raw sienna, burnt and raw umber, yellow ochre, terre rosa, transparent red oxide, to name a few are nice to have on your palette. You could mix any of them from primary and secondary colors but it would be slower and more expensive.

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oil painters will need:

paper towels (Bounty are the best)
a silicoil brush cleaning tank
Gamsol mineral spirits, (NO SUBSTITUTES)
a palette (disposable or wood)
pallet knife
brushes,flats, filberts and rounds.  Made from bristle or synthetic.  Sizes 2, 4, 6 for smaller paintings, 6, 8 10, 12, for larger. (I do not recommend brushes that feel very soft or that are shorter than 8 inches)
gessoed stretched canvas, canvas boards, or canvas paper
brush soap


oil supplies optional:

a small container for clean mineral spirits
galkyd or liquin (will add flow to paint and speed drying time)
stand oil  (ads flow but slows drying time)
sand paper

brush shaper

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acrylic painters will need:

paper towels (Bounty are the best)

brushes,flats, filberts and rounds made from bristle or synthetic.  Sizes 2, 4, 6 for smaller paintings, 6, 8 10, 12, for larger.   (I do not recommend brushes that feel very soft or that are shorter than 8 inches)

gessoed stretched canvas, canvas boards, or canvas paper

brush soap


acrylic supplies optional:
sand paper

brush shaper

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