Student resources

Here you'll find everything you need to know before your first art class!

Painting Materials

Canvas: You are free to choose what size canvas you work on. For a two hour course, I suggest an 8x10 inch or 11 x 14 inch canvas. Consider a gallery depth canvas (deeper profile) for a professional finish.

Different depths for canvases 1.5" and .75"

Brushes: At least five oil painting or acrylic brushes in varying sizes (absolute minimum). Make sure you have flat and angle brushes in multiple sizes.

8 Types of Brushes

Paint: You will need the following colors  in oil or acrylic paints (hues are fine)- Titanium White, Zinc White, Primary/Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep or Medium, Cadmium Red Deep, Alizarin Crimson, Manganese Blue, Ultramarine Blue. The 200mL tubes are fine and will last longer than this one session!

Best oil brands: Winsor & Newton, Gamblin, Georgian

Best acrylic brands: Golden, Liquitex, Utrecht

Medium: For oils Galkyd or a set of mediums. Galkyd is a drying medium to help the paint dry faster (oils can take FOREVER to cure). I suggest this since we are all inside right now and I'm using it to avoid some of the dangers of my curious cat getting into my paintings. Turpenoid for cleaning your brushes. For acrylics - Look for a glazing medium and a gel medium. Liquitex and Golden both make them.

Four types of acrylic painting mediums
Different oil painting mediums

Additional Materials: Easel (Tabletop or standing), palette (plastic, glass, wood, plexiglass) or palette paper

Clean-up materials you can find around the house: paper towels or rags, dish soap

Optional: old t-shirt to get messy in (or apron if you like), gloves