- Palette knife (diamond shaped like a trowel)
- Palette (flat, without ridges or indents, e.g. plywood, plastic, Perspex or glass)
- Tube of white acrylic paint (Matisse ‘Structure’ is recommended)
- Willow charcoal
- Paper and pencil for note-taking
- Cotton cloth rags (old sheets are best)
- 1 rectangular take-away container
- Refined linseed oil at least 250ml
- Disposable gloves (optional; vinyl is better than latex)
Note: Do not bring solvents or mediums. A low-odor painting medium will be provided.
We will be doing a number of small exercises so a range of supports would suffice e.g. canvas off cuts; inexpensive mini canvases or canvas boards; thick acid-free paper or cardboard; thin plywood or Masonite off cuts (MDF is not recommended).
Abandoned/unfinished paintings may also be 'recycled'.
Please bring all the brushes you currently own. Ultimately, it is preferable to have 5 or more of each brush you like to use rather than a whole lot of completely different brushes. If you are buying brushes for the first time we recommend the following as a minimum:
- 3 filbert, synthetic or natural hog hair brushes approx. 8mm wide
- 1 round, pointed, synthetic sable brush approx. 5mm wide
- 1 flat, synthetic sable brush approx. 15mm wide
We are using a low-toxicity approach. DO NOT BRING COBALT, CHROME, CADMIUM OR LEAD-BASED PIGMENTS.
The following is a suggested list of colors. The exercises you choose to do might only require a limited selection of colors so please bring the paints you already have and discuss with Michelle before purchasing additional paints.
- Titanium white (professional grade only; e.g. Old Holland, Winsor and Newton or Art Spectrum)
- Bright yellow (e.g., Winsor yellow, Spectrum yellow – NOT CADMIUM)
- Bright red (e.g., Winsor red, Spectrum red – NOT CADMIUM)
- Yellow ochre or mars Yellow
- Venetian red or red earth
- Raw sienna, Raw Umber and Burnt Sienna
- Alizarin crimson
- Ultramarine blue and Pthalo Blue
- Vine or charcoal black
- Lamp black
Protective clothing and covered footwear essential