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Adult Classes and Workshops

All classes are held in the Widener Studio, which offers a professional setting with ample north light, easy access, and plenty of free parking. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes and workshops are taught by professional artists, living and working in the Philadelphia area. 

You may register for any of our adult classes online or by calling 267-691-0725.

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Y1B | Yoga in the Art Galleries

Price:
$90 for 5 sessions or $25/individual class
Day:
Mondays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
November 11 - December 16, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(No class Nov. 18)
Medium:
Yoga
Level:
All levels

Enjoy a class of meditation and gentle yoga in one of Woodmere's art galleries and surrounded by beautiful works of art. The class will be infused with themes for self-care, creativity, and self-love. Schelter's teachings and classes promote a positive growth mindset through the intimacy of intention, creative visualization, deep breathing, longevity, core strength, a gratitude circle, deep relaxation, release, mindful self-reflection and insight, humor and laughter. 

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Please bring:

  • Towel
  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket

Y1 | Yoga in the Art Galleries

Price:
$108 for 6 sessions or $25/individual class
Day:
Mondays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
January 13 - March 2, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(No class Jan. 20, Feb. 17)
Medium:
Yoga
Level:
All levels

Enjoy a class of meditation and gentle yoga in one of Woodmere's art galleries and surrounded by beautiful works of art. The class will be infused with themes for self-care, creativity, and self-love. Schelter's teachings and classes promote a positive growth mindset through the intimacy of intention, creative visualization, deep breathing, longevity, core strength, a gratitude circle, deep relaxation, release, mindful self-reflection and insight, humor and laughter. 

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Please bring:

  • Towel
  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket

W1 | Visual Storytelling: The Art of Collage Illustration

Instructor:
Jaimee Newman
Price:
$120 ($90 members)
Day:
Saturdays - Meets 2 times
Date Range:
January 18 - January 25, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Medium:
Print, Paper, and Collage
Level:
All levels

A contemporary approach to illustration,  collage can be used to translate a narrative and text into powerful illustration or sequential series. A fascinating exploration of handmade and painted papers, found materials, and more. Book design and children's illustration will be explored. Demonstrations and individual attention will help students learn inventive ways for creating a collage illustration. 

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Sketchbook sketch paper 18x 24" pad

Tracing paper 18" x 24" pad or 16" x 20" pad

Drawing pencils-can be regular mechanical pencils or graphite pencils #2, #3

Small set of colored pencils(10-20 colors)

Acrylic paint- can get a small set or if buying separate tubes of the BASIC or Liquitex brand: titanium white, Paynes grey, cobalt blue, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, red oxide, cadmium red, raw umber, burnt umber

Brushes- can get a small set with various sizes large to small- doesn't have to be fancy.

Acrylic gel medium in matte and/or glossy

Elmers glue Foam brushes for applying matte medium(2-3)

Surface for collage- the size is up to student but I recommend either 16" x 20" or larger canvas board or thin wood Masonite panel fromHome Depot.

Gesso(if using wood)

Exacto knife

Scissors

W3 | The Poetics of Painting

Instructor:
Abbey Ryan
Price:
$315 ($285 members)
Day:
Saturdays
Sundays - Meets 2 times
Date Range:
June 13 - June 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Explore the poetics and magic of painting. Drawing on her acclaimed career as a painter and teacher, Abbey will begin the workshop by discussing how to select painting subjects, concepts and content in still life painting, poetic realism, and strategies to begin and finish a painting in one sitting. Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction will reveal a variety of techniques and methods that address subtleties of color mixing, lighting, and materials. Gain mentoring and valuable insight with specific, actionable and inspiring tips tailored to help each student move forward on their painting journey. In addition, students will gain ideas around blogging, galleries, social media, marketing.

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#1: Bring still life items you like: fruit, flowers, pottery, fabric backdrops, etc.

Oil Paint

Here is what is on Abbey’s palette:

Alizarin crimson

Cadmium red deep

Cadmium red light

Cadmium yellow deep

Cadmium yellow light

Cadmium yellow lemon

Ultramarine blue

Phthalo turquoise, green shade

Burnt Sienna

Ivory black

Titanium white

Vasari Oil Colors in NYC offers a full-set of Abbey’s palette colors for a discount; to request it, email info@vasaricolors.com or call (800) 932-9375 or (212)-947-1858 and ask for Steve or Gail to request the “Abbey Ryan” palette. Abbey recommends Vasari oil colors because they are richly pigmented and pure, and worth the investment. Vasari paints are more expensive than other brands (e.g. Cadmium colors are $51 for 40 mL tube); substitute Williamsburg or Old Holland, if necessary.

Brushes

Good brushes make all the difference. More specifically, be sure that brushes are in good shape, pliable, and not stiff with old paint. Abbey uses Robert Simmons Titanium round and/or Silver Grand Prix natural bristle filbert. Sizes range from #5, 6, 8, 10.

Painting Surfaces

Bring a variety of canvas/panel sizes to accommodate your needs, and varied sizes to accommodate different compositional ideas. For daily painting, Abbey often paints on small panels in the range of 5x6 in. and 6x8 in. Abbey recommends double primed linen mounted on panels by RayMar (http://raymarart.com/) and InnerGlow wood painting panels (http://billewing.com/innerglow-paint-panels/).

IMPORTANT: Abbey discusses panel preparation in the workshop, but painting surfaces should be toned ahead of time with a neutral ground (either burnt sienna alone OR burnt umber & ultramarine blue). The tone should be a medium value: mix the toning color(s) with a bit of Odorless Turpenoid, apply to surface with a brush, wait a few minutes, and use a paper towel to wipe off excess paint and even out the tone and values. Visit (http://abbeyryan.com/workshops/preparing/) for Abbey’s painting canvas prep visual guide.

Painting Medium

Abbey uses 2 painting mediums while painting, stored in two small, lidded oil cups next to her palette (e.g. Martin Universal Design Museum Double Palette Cup).

1. Stand oil – Gamblin or Zecchi’s from Italy. (Synthetic Alternate: Gamblin NeoMegilp) AND

2. Abbey’s own medium mixture – Mix Gamblin’s stand oil with Odorless Turpenoid in a small jar with lid: 1 part Turpenoid to 1.5 part stand oil (give or take a bit). Shake vigorously so that Turpenoid and stand oil mixture emulsifies. Medium should be the consistency of thick maple syrup. Abbey will discuss this process. Store and transport in a small jar with lid. (Alternate: Old Masters Maroger (http://oldmastersmaroger.com/))

During the workshop, ALL Painting Mediums must be stored in lidded containers/jars at all times. No exceptions.

Palette

A glass palette is best (tape edges with duct tape). Affix a piece of cardboard or medium-value paper on the back to give it a medium-value backing. Plexiglas palettes are okay. If you use a Plexiglas palette, peel off the plastic covering with writing. IMPORTANT: White palettes make judging value difficult. Please try not to use paper disposable palettes.

Painting knife (if you need it for mixing colors)

The inverted handle elongated knife is best, with a pliable point not encrusted with paint. Recommended from Zecchi’s in Italy (http://zecchi.it/) or NY Central Supply, NYC (http://nycentralart.com/).

Single edge flat razor blade scraper

To clean your palette; this should also not be encrusted with paint.

Weber’s Odorless Turpenoid (Alternate: Gamblin’s Gamsol)

Do not bring Turpentine or Odorless Mineral Spirits. Store and transport in a small jar with lid. IMPORTANT: bring one similar extra empty jar and Abbey will discuss use for cleaning brushes. Cleaned out jelly jars work well. During the workshop, ALL Solvents must be contained in lidded containers/jars at all times. No exceptions.

Other items • VIVA! Paper towels OR lint-free rags • Apron • The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver (to clean brushes/hands) • Clean pizza or Shirt boxes to flat-transport wet paintings

1A | Studio Oil Painting

Price:
$255 ($225 members)
Day:
Sundays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 5 - February 16, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

In this class, students can use a variety of sources i.e; still life, photographs or landscape to organize and create a painting. Designed to help students execute a painting of their own subject matter, the class focuses on composition, perspective, color mixing, and painting techniques. Students may devote the entire session to one piece or work on multiple pieces. Individual instruction is given during each session.

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Materials List:

Oil Colors:                                                                                                         

Yellow: cadmium yellow pale or indian yellow

Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine

Red: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson

Green: sap green, viridian

Earth: raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre or transparent yellow oxide

White: titanium

Brushes: flat brushes in a variety of sizes; make sure you include a few soft, synthetic or sable, a few rounds and at least one 2" or larger soft, flat brush for glazing. Make sure these are not watercolor brushes.

Palette knife - flexible, cranked shaft at least 3in long.

Palette, wood or paper (toned gray paper is preferable)

Linseed oil

Turpenoid or odorless paint thinner - NOT TURPENOID NATURAL!

Containers for linseed oil and turpenoid

Stretched canvas or gessoed panel

Paper towels and painting rags

If using photos for source material, Students must provide their own photos.

2A | Drawing and Painting I and II

Instructor:
Linda Freedman
Price:
$255 ($225 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 6 - February 17, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

All levels are welcome whether you paint or draw.  Beginners will be taught how to “see” and not just look. Questions like “Where do I start?” will be answered. You will learn what makes an interesting composition, how to shade and how to give your pictures character and depth. Simple set-ups will be brought in by the instructor. Beginning painters will learn color theory and mixing, how to handle paint, composition and basic techniques. 

More advanced students will continue to hone their skills through a combination of painting from real life as well as the classic method of artistic learning: copying other artists work including painters and photographers.  Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given to each student.  You will progress at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.

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If you are drawing, please bring the following supplies the first day of class:

12” x 16” drawing pad (approximate Size)  NOT  Newsprint

4 pencils:  2B,  4B,  6B,  HB

Kneaded eraser

For Painting:

Disposable palette pad

Canvas pad (approximately 12 x 15”), OR two small canvases: Make sure the canvas pad says " REAL " canvas

Paper Towels (Bounty is good)

1 Can (for water or turpenoid)

1 Can turpenoid only. NOT Turpentine.

Brushes – sizes 4, 6, 8 to begin

Oil Paint Colors:  White, Black, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Permanent  Rose.

2B | Drawing and Painting I and II

Instructor:
Linda Freedman
Price:
$255 ($225 members)
Day:
Tuesdays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 7 - February 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

All levels are welcome whether you paint or draw.  Beginners will be taught how to “see” and not just look. Questions like “Where do I start?” will be answered. You will learn what makes an interesting composition, how to shade and how to give your pictures character and depth. Simple set-ups will be brought in by the instructor. Beginning painters will learn color theory and mixing, how to handle paint, composition and basic techniques. 

More advanced students will continue to hone their skills through a combination of painting from real life as well as the classic method of artistic learning: copying other artists work including painters and photographers.  Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given to each student.  You will progress at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.

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If you are drawing, please bring the following supplies the first day of class:

12” x 16” drawing pad (approximate Size)  NOT  Newsprint

4 pencils:  2B,  4B,  6B,  HB

Kneaded eraser

For Painting:

Disposable palette pad

Canvas pad (approximately 12 x 15”), OR two small canvases: Make sure the canvas pad says " REAL " canvas

Paper Towels (Bounty is good)

1 Can (for water or turpenoid)

1 Can turpenoid only. NOT Turpentine.

Brushes – sizes 4, 6, 8 to begin

Oil Paint Colors:  White, Black, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Permanent  Rose.

3A | Introduction to Oil Painting and Beyond

Price:
$255 ($225 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 6 - February 17, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class is for students who want to learn the basics of oil painting and for those who are already familiar with the medium and want to improve their skill level. The topics covered will be composing a picture, observing color relationships, mixing color, and application of paint. There will be lots of hands-on help in a relaxed and nurturing environment.

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Materials List:

Oil Colors:                                                                                                         

Yellow: cadmium yellow pale or indian yellow

Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine

Red: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson

Green: sap green, viridian

Earth: raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre or transparent yellow oxide

White: titanium

Brushes: flat brushes in a variety of sizes; make sure you include a few soft, synthetic or sable, a few rounds and at least one 2" or larger soft, flat brush for glazing. Make sure these are not watercolor brushes.

Palette knife - flexible, cranked shaft at least 3in long.

Palette, wood or paper (toned gray paper is preferable)

Linseed oil

Turpenoid or odorless paint thinner - NOT TURPENOID NATURAL!

Containers for linseed oil and turpenoid

Stretched canvas or gessoed panel

Paper towels and painting rags

If using photos for source material, Students must provide their own photos.

4A | Exploring Abstraction

Instructor:
Val Rossman
Price:
$195 ($165 members)
Day:
Tuesdays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
January 14 - February 18, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(No class Feb. 11)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

A combination of open studio space and instruction, allowing students to explore, take chances, develop critical thinking, and cultivate their artistic voices. Participants investigate basic color theory, learn how to create strong compositions, and develop technical skills. The choice of medium is up to each individual, with specific assignments and demonstrations encouraging students to pursue their personal styles and growth.

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Pastels:

Assorted soft pastels - instructor prefers schmeinke and sennelier, however, it is up to the student to choose.  Rembrandt are moderately priced and are good for beginners

Paper – instructor prefers Arches 140lb. cold pressed

Old toothbrush

Acrylics and Oils

Painting surface – student’s choice –canvas, board, metal, paper

Paints

Palette – paper, glass, plexi, paper plate, etc.

Brushes, palette knife, and any other implements of student’s choice

Painting Mediums – for acrylics, instructor prefers Acrylic Glazing Liquid by Golden; for oils, instructor prefers Windsor Newton Painting Medium; any others can be added depending on desired effect

6A | One a Day: Creating a Still Life in One Sitting

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$255 ($225 members)
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 8 - February 19, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Students paint a new still life in each session of this class. This alla prima method of painting a picture is a wonderful way for students to learn to be more decisive and relaxed in their painting. Individual attention is given, guiding each student to make efficient decisions about developing the painting. Students learn about color relationships, compositional choices, and capturing light and shadow.

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Oil Paints

Ivory Black

Indian Red

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Red Light

Burnt Sienna

Ultramarine Blue

Flake White

Medium:

Windsor and Newton’s Liquin

Mineral Spirits (for washing brushes)

Brushes:

Bristle brushes round or filbert:  sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

A few small sables or artificial sables

Palette:

Wooden or strip (paper) palette

Canvases:

2 or 3 canvases (board or stretched)

sizes 11 x 14”,  16 x 20”,  or 18 x 24”

Misc.

2 palette cups

paper towels or cotton rags

Optional:

Sketch pad

7 | Painting with Monotypes

Price:
$195 ($165 members) plus $10 supply fee payable to the instructor
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
January 15 - February 19, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
(No class Feb. 12)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All Levels

Discover the endless possibilities and unique qualities of the monotype process, an image that combines painting, drawing, and printmaking techniques. It was a favorite way of making art for Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and Gauguin as it offers a spontaneous way of working and the freedom to explore and experiment with images and a wide selection of materials. A painting is developed on a flat plate with oil or water based inks, paints, crayons, and/or pencils and then transferred to paper or other absorbent surfaces. We will explore painting by hand and with an etching press. The instructor will provide oil and water based inks, plates and paper.

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Please bring ideas for the images you want to make. E.g.

  • Sketch book
  • Photographs

Oil inks, water-soluble crayons, plates, barrens for hand printing, artist tape, a 15 X 28” etching press, clean up and other miscellaneous supplies will be provided by instructor.

* I’ll bring some samples of different printmaking papers you can try. E.g. Domestic Etch, Kitakata, Copper Plate, Rives BFK

Full sheets will be available to purchase from the instructor.

Supplies you should bring:

A pad of newsprint. 12X18” works well.

Notebook for taking notes

Pencil

Ruler

 

Other Supplies you may be want to bring:

Any rollers you already have. The instructor will provide some rollers.

An apron

Paintbrushes

Watercolor paint if you want to work in water based paintings

Oil paint if you already have it.

Cotton swabs

Exacto knife

Pen/pencil

Scissors

9A | Watercolor and Design

Instructor:
Howard N Watson
Price:
$255 ($225 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 9 - February 20, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class teaches students to develop a variety of motifs such as rural, shore, and city landscapes and still life subjects by working from the instructor’s photographs as well as their own. Students learn to design a successful composition and then apply the watercolor media in a successful, expressive manner. Demonstrations and class critiques are included.

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PAPER:       140 lb. Arches Watercolor Paper, cold press (old standby)

                   300 lb. Arches Watercolor Paper, cold press (old standby)

                   140 lb. BFK Rives Watercolor Paper, cold press (nice off white paper)

                   140 lb. or 300 lb. Lana Watercolor Paper, cold press (softer off white paper)

BRUSHES:  There are many “great” to “good” watercolor brushes. The best is the Pure Kolinsky Sable brushes. I use several different sizes, #6, #8, #10, and #12. Cost a little more but well worth the price.

A very nice less expensive brush is the Connoisseur series, clear handle, series 007.  They come in a round and flat type.

We all need a fine larger flat brush for that special wash. I recommend the Robert Simmons 278w, made in the USA. Another good flat wash brush is the Robert Simmons, 3” P278W, made in the USA.

Winsor & Newton also makes a nice series of flat brushes. You should investigate and own a least one ¼” -1/2” – ¾” – 1” Sceptre.Series 606.

WATERCOLORS:  Many, many companies make great watercolor paints. I use a mixture of brands, depending on the color. Winsor & Newton, Grumbacker, Talens, Schmincke, Cottman and Holbein are good choices.

Each artist chooses their own colors depending on their approach to their individual painting styles. You may add or delete from this list.

Alizarin Crimson

Burnt Siena

Chrome Orange

Hookers Green

 Lamp Black

Mauve

Naples Yellow

Payne’s Grey

Permanent Blue

 Sap Green

 Sepia

Yellow Ochre

Cerulean Blue

Cobalt Blue

Winsor Red

Lemon Yellow

10A | Painting Over the Line

Instructor:
Kassem Amoudi
Price:
$255 ($225 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 9 - February 20, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Explore lively brushwork, color layering, focal points, and balance between calm and busy. Discover how to work around imperfections and accidents and view them as opportunities. Work from imagination, pictures, or other means to find your voice and visual language. Individual support and examples from contemporary artists will serve to broaden and inform your understanding of innovative painting.

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  • Acrylic paint  preferred but oil is okay
  • Any colors in addition to black, white, and the primary colors: red, blue and yellow
  • Acrylic matte medium and gloss medium;  OR turpenoid and linseed oil for oil painters
  • Brushes - various sizes (a selection of small, medium and large), round and flat
  • Also sponges or rags for applying colors
  • Canvas (bigger is better), primed or unprimed, stretched or unstretched. Or paper.
  • Palette
  • Palette and painting knives
  • Jars or plastic containers for mixing and saving paints
  • Rags for cleaning
  • Charcoal, graphite pencil
  • Water spray bottle
  • Blue painter's tape 
  • A lot of enthusiasm

11A | Introduction to Portrait Painting

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$255 ($225 members) plus $50 model fee
Day:
Fridays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 10 - February 21, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class is for those who have always wanted to paint portraits but have been afraid to try as well as those who want to improve their skills. Students will learn how to get a likeness every time by focusing on head structure rather than accumulating detail.  The emphasis of this class is learning to see color more sensitively when looking at the model and mixing color more confidently when painting a portrait. Demonstrations in both drawing and painting will be given.  Students will receive individual attention.

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Oil Paints

Ivory Black

Indian Red

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Red Light

Burnt Sienna

Ultramarine Blue

Flake White

Medium:

Windsor and Newton’s Liquin

Mineral Spirits (for washing brushes)

Brushes:

Bristle brushes round or filbert:  sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

A few small sables or artificial sables

Palette:

Wooden or strip (paper) palette

Canvases:

2 or 3 canvases (board or stretched)

sizes 11 x 14”,  16 x 20”,  or 18 x 24”

Misc.

2 palette cups

paper towels or cotton rags

Other:

Sketch pad

Drawing pencils

12A | Introduction to Figure Painting

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$255 ($225 members) plus $50 model fee
Day:
Fridays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
January 10 - February 21, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Painting the nude human figure is the classic art school experience! By learning to paint the figure, students gain an understanding of how to look and explore natural forms, and deepen their insight and knowledge for all ways of painting including abstraction. The emphasis in this class is on learning fundamentals of proportion, gesture and color harmony. Demonstrations will be given. This class is for students of all levels including those who have never painted the figure.

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Oil Paints

Ivory Black

Indian Red

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Red Light

Burnt Sienna

Ultramarine Blue

Flake White

Medium:

Windsor and Newton’s Liquin

Mineral Spirits (for washing brushes)

Brushes:

Bristle brushes round or filbert:  sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

A few small sables or artificial sables

Palette:

Wooden or strip (paper) palette

Canvases:

2 or 3 canvases (board or stretched)

sizes 11 x 14”,  16 x 20”,  or 18 x 24”

Misc.

2 palette cups

paper towels or cotton rags

Other:

Sketch pad

Drawing pencils