Supply List

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Supply list for Plein-air

Supply list for Plein-air Oil Landscape Classes, Still Life Classes and Workshops


Easel: French easel OR tubular 3 legged type

Paints: Winsor and Newton, Rembrandt, Utrecht, Old Holland and other quality paints will work best. Please do not buy a “hue” or student grade paints if posssible. They are of inferior quality and are not as strong in pigment so they don’t last as long or work as well.


Thio Violet ( Grumbacher only) OR Permanent Alizarin (Regular Alizarin Crimson will fade over time. This is why I use Permanent Alizarin only.)

Thalo Rose OR Thalo Red Rose (both Grumbacher), OR Permanent Rose (Winsor and Newton) – great colors for flowers.

French Ultramarine, Ultramarine Blue (If it goes by shade do not get green shade.) or Cobalt Blue

Cerulean Blue (optional)

Cadmium Lemon

Cadmium Yellow (the medium shade)

Cadmium Orange (optional)

Cadmium Red Deep

Cremnitz White OR Titanium White OR Weber's Permalba White

Brushes: Rounds and filberts, in sizes  4, 6, 8  - 2 to 3 of each type and size if possible.

Panels: Canvas or gessoed masonite. You can get a ½ sheet of untempered masonite at Shaw Stewart Lumber Co., Minneapolis, and have it cut into 8x10 or 9x12 panels and put 2 or 3 coats of gesso on them yourself. This is the least expensive way to go, but not as convenient as the more expensive canvas panels or the pre gessoed variety available in the art stores.

 Misc: Palette cups for mineral spirits, paper towels or rags, a small mirror or a black mirror (available at The Atelier only - optional), Liquin (a medium used instead of linseed oil - optional), a viewfinder or 2 L’s (A black mat cut in half at 2 opposite corners makes a viewfinder which you can slide into different sizes and shapes to aid in picking out your subject matter.), Turpenoid, artist turpentine, or odorless mineral spirits, a palette knife, plastic bag for trash, a notepad, bug spray, hat, visor or cap.

Optional but good to have: Sunscreen, umbrella to attach to easel box or a freestanding one with pole and stakes (for sun or rain). You can stand under a tree if you don’t have an umbrella but not in a thunderstorm, of course.

The Atelier has brushes, paints, panels, artists’ turpentine available in their store, although you would have to get in there Mon. thru Fri. from 9 till 4 before the classes end the 3rd week of May to be sure someone will be there to wait on you. Wet Paint in St. Paul has anything you may need; Dick Blick gives a student discount; Tradewinds in St. Paul has discounted pricing. Michaels has some supplies and discounts available with newspaper coupons.

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Watercolor Supply List

Watercolor Supply List


Watercolor paper: Arches only (Don't get cheap paper!) 140 lb cold press is what I recommend for beginning students. One or two sheets cut in fourths will be enough. Continuing students may want to try 300 lb cold press.

Paints: The best are Winsor and Newton. Utrecht’s brand works quite well, as well as Grumbacher, too, for lower priced alternatives. Colors: cadmium lemon or aureolin, cadmium yellow (a medium shade), cadmium red deep, permanent rose, ultramarine blue and cerulean blue. Antwerp or thalo blue are o.k. if you can’t get cerulean blue. Most of these paints are available at Blick Art Materials. Wet Paint in St. Paul has a large variety of all of the products. Tradewinds in St. Paul has discounted prices on Winsor and Newton paints and has Winsor Newton Cirrus brushes and other supplies (See below.)

Brushes: The best are Winsor and Newton sables, series 7. I like a size 6 or 7 for an all purpose brush. Less expensive alternatives: Winsor and Newton Cirrus, Utrecht brand sable, or a Richeson synthetic in a size 7 or 8. You may wish to add a 10 if you would like a larger brush. Also get a flat angled edge synthetic brush in a ¼ or ½ inch width (Silver Brush makes a nice one. If you already have other brushes bring them along.

Paint mixing tray: I like the small round one by Richeson. It has 10 wells, holds a lot of paint in each well, and retails for around $2.00 at most stores. I use two of them – one for storing squeezed out paint and one for mixing colors. The large trays that hold 25 or so paints are too big and you have to mix your paint on a flat surface instead of in a round well. This causes your paints to run into other paint and to dry out.

Pencils: 1 size 2H, one size HB are sufficient.

Water containers: 2 plastic margarine/deli containers will work fine.

Support: If you use 300 lb paper or the Arches blocks of paper a support is not necessary. If you use 140 lb paper you will need to tape it onto a piece of foam board or Plexiglas with masking tape. I prefer small boards no larger than 12”x16”. Please cut it down if needed before class.

Misc: Paper towels, masking tape, kneaded eraser, or pink pearl eraser, and a few sheets of tracing paper.  

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