SUPPLY LISTS

Academic Figure I: The Sanguine Figure Study
Academic Figure II: Black and White Chalk on Blue Paper

    Your complimentary chalks and paper will be provided at the workshop
    Must Have:
  1. Your lunch, or get lunch locally.
  2. Firm, light weight 31 X 23 drawing board (not larger; not smaller. If a dimension comes within an inch of this, that's OK) -- preferably, the widely available hollow wood drawing boards (~ $35, +or- $5). You can also cut a piece of Masonite, thick foam core or gador board. If using Masonite, it is important that you attach a piece of smooth illustration board which is cut to the same dimensions. Do not try to pad board with layers of paper. Do not bring one of those masonite boards with built-in clips.
  3. Clean chamois (available at automotive stores for less than art supply stores)
  4. Large clean stump (not the ones made in China, which are too hard. The ones made in Taiwan are fine. The country is often stamped on the stumps. Cretacolor doesn't have a stamp, but so far, has been the soft type)
  5. Factis extra soft eraser
  6. A new kneaded eraser
  7. Drafting tape
  8. 3/16 inch diameter 18 wooden dowel (you can bring a full length dowel to class, where we can cut it down)
  9. Sturdy container for your supplies
  10. Small note pad and your favorite sketching/drawing implement for note taking
  11. Visor to block strong spot light from your eyes

  12. Optional:
  13. Large two headed brass portcrayon, often called charcoal holder at art supply stores. Recently bought holders have had knife-sharp edges at the tines and rings. If you have a file for metal, try to dull sharp edges.
  14. Cushion for metal folding chair
  15. If you cannot sit (due to physical disability) while drawing, please email .

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Academic Figure III: Introduction to Oil Painting

The first oil painting class in the series will incur your greatest costs. Subsequent classes will add just eight more colors, and a couple of other inexpensive additions.

Note: Many art classes have a freewheeling list of supplies. Not here. If you come without the right supplies, I may not be able to help you. You won't be able to get the effects that I am teaching using other supplies. I don't want to teach special effects that different brushes or mediums might do. If you find it difficult to buy the stuff listed locally, you can organize a joint order via the discussion group "studentsofacademicfigure." The Jerry's Catalog carries most or all of these items, and also, The Italian Art Store has many of these supplies, including the Williamsburg paints, and at great prices and great service -- BUT YOU NEED TO ORDER EARLY FOR THAT. Warning: Unless I have already approved these, do not let clerks recommend substitute supplies. I have been seeing some inappropriate clerk-recommended substitutes show up in class.

Oil Paints

  1. RAW UMBER - opaque
    any of the following brands: Gamblin, Williamsburg, Winsor Newton, Utrecht, Daniel Smith, or any other brand that makes it opaque.
  2. RAW UMBER - transparent.
    Old Holland (brand name) Raw Umber.
  3. WHITE. Either choice A or B.
  4. Choice A: If you are new to oil painting, or if you are a very messy painter, get "MG White" by Grumbacher for this workshop. For all intents and purposes, MG White is free of lead, regardless of the label warnings. "MG" stands for Max Grumbacher (MG White is not in the same product line as "Grumbacher MAX" water soluble oils, however). MG white slightly speeds drying, and it is slightly translucent. MG white is specified for underpainting, but it has vaguely similar attributes to lead white paint. It is not a very satisfactory substitute for lead paint, but it is as close as I have found.
    Choice B: All lead 'flake' or Cremnitz white. This is lead. Lead is toxic. You must have extremely clean painting habits to use this paint. Do not buy if you have never tested your painting habits! This, by far, is the superior white to use. Old Holland makes a very reliable lead white. It is called Cremnitz white, which seems to be the new name for guaranteed 100% lead. I strongly recommend Old Holland's Cremnitz white. I had a bad experience with Williamsburg's flake white, which shrivels and then dries much too slowly. I wonder if they might have started adding poppy oil, which slows drying. Either that, or they simply didn't mix enough lead white into the linseed oil when they are grinding the paint. WARNING: (1) Many paint making companies now call blends of lead and other pigments, 'Flake' white. This is very misleading. 'Flake' once meant 100% lead. (2) Some paint brands sell 100% white lead, but not made with linseed oil. Do not buy whites that are made with safflower or poppy, because they dry too slowly (MG White includes various oil types, so in this instance, don't worry about ingredients).

Brushes
(It may be necessary to buy substitutes. When selecting substitute brands, to find correct sizes, ferrule diameters given are measured from outside, right at the bristle line. Measure is not bristle width -- it is the ferrule width measure). These are all (in theory) high quality brushes -- not cheap hobbyist level. Except for the W&N Sceptre Golds, you likely will not find these at hobby stores. Please buy each size given. This is not a selection that you choose from. This is what and how many you need, at minimum. There is a problem with finding good brushes these days. Many, including unfortunately some listed below, have declined in quality. The Isabey-Special series 6036 were once very good, but now the bristles curl out after the first washing. I hoped that this was a temporary problem, but it may continue. The Manet Interlocked brushes (listed below) remain the best at this time:

  1. White Hog Bristle (do not buy synthetics to substitute)
    1. Raphael brand Brosse rounds, series 356 -- #4 (4 mm), #6 (6 mm), #8 (8 mm). (If not available, find alternate with same quality and same straight non-interlocked bristle style).
    2. Manet series 217 interlocked round, #5 (6 mm)
    3. Isabey-Special series 6036 interlocked round, #3 (5 mm)
    4. Silver Grand Prix series 1003 interlocked filbert, # 0 (4.5 mm wide) Silver Grand Prix series 1002 interlocked bright, # 1 (6 mm wide)
  2. Siberian Fitch
    1. Isabey series 6176 cats tongue, #2 (3.5 mm wide), #4 (5 mm wide)
  3. Sable/Synthetic Blend
    1. Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold round, series 404, #0 (1 mm diameter, ~8 mm long tip)
Other supplies:
  1. Canvas, 18" X 24". This can be cheap panel or fine linen, but whatever you get, it must have canvas texture, but it should not be absorbent, like you would get at Aaron Bros Art Mart. DON'T get _very rough_ texture. Don't get a canvas that is wider than 20 inches. Make sure it is at least 24 inches high, but don't get as large as 36 inches. That's bigger than you need. This class is not going to produce your great masterpiece. Don't get carried away and buy a very expensive canvas, if you can't afford that sort of thing. The brushes should be the best you can get, but the canvas can be a little cheaper.
  2. An extra, smaller cheap canvas, like a panel, or canvas pad for practice work. This supply may or may not be used.
  3. Brush carrier/protector -- you need to take good care of your brushes. Do not do careless things that munge the tips of your brushes.
  4. Odorless paint thinner, high quality -- I like Winsor & Newton, but any odorless thinner will be okay. Do not get thinner with masking scent.
  5. An extra jar that seals securely for sullied thinner.
  6. A small funnel, for when you might need to pour through a narrow opening.
  7. Trash bags for daily removal of used rags and your other trash.
  8. Plastic Wrap for separating and carrying away used brushes.
  9. Aluminum Foil, to block light from transmitting through canvas.
  10. Easel, French style is recommended for portable work. If you do not have an easel, please let me know. I might be able to arrange to have one for you. If you plan to be a painter, you should get the easel.
  11. Paint carrying box.
  12. Palette -- If you are new to oil painting, get a wood palette
  13. Medium -- Grumbacher Copal Medium. This can be found in many local stores, including Micheal's. Do not get Liquin, or Gamblin mediums.
  14. Rags or very absorbent paper towels
  15. Visor
  16. Red Chalk (General Pencil Co. Brand, or Conte)
  17. Eraser
  18. Your measuring stick
  19. Palette Knife, wait and see styles on first day of class, if you don't want to pick, but buy one during this workshop.
  20. Holbien #2 canvas knife (expensive), recommended, but not required. You can find fish scaling knives that do the same thing at culinary stores, and they cost less.
  21. Double non-lidded dipping cup on a clip; or, two non-lidded dipping cups on clips. Store clerks will urge you to get special, more expensive, lidded dipping cups. You don't need those. I don't actually like those, because they are harder to clean out, and anyway, they are not good places to store your mediums or thinners.
  22. Brush soap (free samples provided in class) Also recommended: Brush Flush, available at Accent Arts.
  23. Incandescent lamp at home for overnight drying. If you place a lamp in front of your painting and leave it overnight, you will have a nearly, or completely, dry painting by morning.
  24. Notebook and writing implement for note taking
  25. Cushion for chair, if needed

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Academic Figure IV: Intermediate Oil Painting

ALL the supplies for Academic Figure III, PLUS:
  1. Venetian Red
    Each brand is a little different. Williamsburg's Rosso Veneto from their Italian Earth series is very good. It is a natural, original Venetian red. All the other VR's that I know of are "synthetic" iron oxides. Of those, Old Holland is nice. Winsor & Newton's and [as I recall] Gamblin's are a little orange compared to most others: sometimes I don't like that as much. Some people find the color very pleasing. You pick anything you want, though.
  2. Terre Verte
    Get Williamsburg's Italian Earth Terra Verte. This one is a bluish green, and in my opinion, superior to all the others. Accent Arts stocks this color. You might consider buying one large one together, and divide into equal shares using empty tubes, also available at Accent Arts.
  3. FW acrylic drawing ink: antelope brown, or black, or red earth. (FW is the "name" of the ink, the maker is Rowney. It will be with other inks in a regular ink bottle with big FW letters on the label)
  4. Students who have already received a viewing window with adjustable neck string, please bring yours to class. Students who have not yet taken a class from Rebecca with the viewing windows: you get the first one compliments of the house. Students who either lost or severely damaged their viewing window, you may buy a new one for $10.

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Academic Figure V: Full Palette Oil Painting

ALL the supplies for Academic Figure III and IV, PLUS:
  1. Williamsburg's Pompeii Red
  2. Old Holland's Deep Ochre (may not be needed)
  3. Either ONE of:
    Williamsburg's Bohemian Green Earth
    Old Holland's Olive Green Dark
  4. Ivory Black (any brand)
  5. Burnt Sienna (any brand)
  6. Raw Sienna (any brand)

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Academic Portrait

First day of class:
  1. All of the drawing materials and equipment for (choose ONE of the following):
    • Sanguine on off-white paper. Please purchase more chalks at store, if you ran out of any (one free sheet provided in class. Each additional sheet: $1)
    • B & W chalk on blue paper. Please purchase more chalks at store, if you ran out of any (one free sheet provided in class. Each additional sheet: $1)
    • Charcoal pencils -- hard, medium and soft -- on 1 or 2 ply Strathmore Standard Finish (not plate finish) Bristol -- a very common paper. You must purchase this sheet of paper at the art supply store (none in supply at the studio).
    Please refer to the supply lists for Academic Figures I and II to refresh your memories about which supplies to bring.
  2. A pad or stack of ~ 11 X 14 white drawing paper with graphite pencils, sharpener, eraser and small drawing board. This is for quick sketches.
  3. Your notebook for lecture notes.
  4. Your easel. We will be drawing on cheasels first, and later in the day, on a vertical surface using easels.
Second day of class:
ALL the supplies for Academic Figure III, IV and V, PLUS:
Depending on how you want to transfer your drawing, you will need:
  • Transfer full scale: 18 X 24 or larger pad of tracing paper.
  • Transfer up or down in scale by grid: A long straight edge, such as a yardstick.
  • Transfer by projection: A transparency, taken from your preliminary drawing: a process that will be explained and demo'd upon your request, but only if you intend to use this process.
  • Transfer by tiled printout. A set of full scale paper prints, taken from your preliminary drawing that is first scanned to your computer: a process that will be explained and demo'd upon your request, but only if you intend to use this process.
Later in the workshop (during class, you will be notified of which day):
ALL the supplies for Academic Figure III, IV & V AND BE SURE TO BRING:
  1. Your choice: two or three small canvases, canvas boards, canvas pad, multimedia boards at approximately 8 X 11 in size, which will be used for preliminary exploration of color mixtures.
  2. The final painting canvas, 18 X 24 or similar size in another shape. Don't get canvas that is more than 24" in width. You will be best off if you choose a canvas with a fine to medium texture, not coarse.
Additional color needs, due to clothing -- two options:
  1. You may choose to buy your additional colors after class starts, once you know what you will need.
  2. If you don't want to wait, these colors will always be helpful additions: (choose any brand, unless brand is specified)
    • Williamsburg cadmium red vermillion.
    • Either Williamsburg perylene crimson, or alizarine crimson (any brand).
    • Cadmium yellow light.
    • Phthalo green bluish type, not yellowish.
    • Ultramarine blue
Extra indulgences for special flesh tones.
Be sure you don't already have, before buying: (all Williamsburg paints)
  • Cobalt teal
  • Ultramarine pink
  • Green ochre (Italian earth series)
  • Brown ochre (Italian earth series)
  • Red ochre

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Parts of Light on Form Practical

    Your charcoal pencils and paper will be provided at the workshop, compliments of the house.
  1. Pencil sharpener (electric sharpener or razor might be a good choice).
  2. Factis extra soft eraser.
  3. Kneaded eraser.
  4. Large clean stump (Not the ones made in China, which are too hard. The ones made in Taiwan are fine. The country is often stamped on the stumps. Cretacolor doesn't stamp theirs, but so far, has been the soft type)
  5. Tortillon. (used ones are okay, so long as the only color you ever used is black)
  6. Clean chamois (available at automotive stores for less than art supply stores)
  7. SMALL drawing board -- No larger than 20" in any direction. 19 X 19 inch masonite clip boards, available at art supply stores are ideal. The larger ones will not work in full classroom. Smaller will not support your paper.
  8. 12" 3/16 inch diameter wood dowel, available in 3 or 4 foot lengths at hardware and craft stores. You can cut to size with classroom's clipper.
  9. Drafting tape.
  10. Visor to block strong spot light from your eyes (important!)
  11. Your notebook and writing implement for taking notes.
  12. Cushion for metal folding chair, only if you need one.
  13. If you cannot sit (due to physical disability) while drawing, please email .

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Drawing I: Efficient Critical Accuracy

  1. Bring your lunch, or get lunch locally at one of the many cafes, takeouts, etc.
  2. Graphite drawing pencils, any softness/hardness that you like best
  3. Red correction pencil (it's the classic teacher's red correction pencil)
  4. Pencil sharpener
  5. Eraser
  6. Pad or stack of CHEAP white drawing paper, no larger than ~14 X 17 (you will use lots of paper)
  7. SMALL drawing board -- No larger than 20" in any direction. 19 X 19 inch masonite clip boards, available at art supply stores are ideal. The larger ones will not work in full classroom. Smaller will not support your paper.
  8. Strong clip/s to hold pad to the board, only if your board does not come with clip/s attached.
  9. If you have taken a class where you received ellipse and angle transparencies, please bring these to class. If you have not yet received from Rebecca any or both of these, they will be provided, compliments of the house.
  10. If desired, additional notebook and writing implement for taking notes (some students do their exercises and write notes in the same book).
  11. If you cannot sit (due to physical disability) while drawing, please email .

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Drawing II: Shape Drawing

  1. Bring your lunch, or get lunch locally at one of the many cafes, takeouts, etc.
  2. Graphite drawing pencils, any softness/hardness that you like best
  3. Red correction pencil (it's the classic teacher's red correction pencil)
  4. Pencil sharpener
  5. Eraser
  6. Pad or stack of CHEAP white drawing paper, no larger than ~14 X 17 (you will use lots of paper)
  7. SMALL drawing board -- No larger than 20" in any direction. 19 X 19 inch masonite clip boards, available at art supply stores are ideal. The larger ones will not work in full classroom. Smaller will not support your paper.
  8. Strong clip/s to hold pad to the board, only if your board does not come with clip/s attached.
  9. 12" 3/16 inch diameter wood dowel, available in 3 or 4 foot lengths at hardware and craft stores. You can cut to size with classroom's clipper.
  10. Students who have already received a viewing window with adjustable neck string, please don't forget to bring yours to class. Students who have not yet taken a class from Rebecca with the viewing windows: you get the first one compliments of the house. Students who either lost or severely damaged their viewing window, you may buy a new one for $10.
  11. If you have taken a class with Rebecca where you received ellipse and angle transparencies, please bring these to class. If you have not yet received any or both of these, they will be provided, compliments of the house.
  12. Black WATER SOLUBLE (wet-erase) overhead projector pen (Sanford Vis-a-Vis is a common one, available in most art supply stores, and all stationary stores). DO NOT BRING dry-erase markers.
  13. Soft paper or cloth towel
  14. Water bottle for wetting towel
  15. If desired, additional notebook and writing implement for taking notes (some students do their exercises and write notes in the same book).
  16. If you cannot sit (due to physical disability) while drawing, please email .

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Drawing III: Basic Hatching

  1. Bring your lunch, or get lunch locally at one of the many cafes, takeouts, etc.
  2. Graphite drawing pencils, medium softness, such as F or HB
  3. Optional: Roller ball, ball point, or fountain pens
  4. Red correction pencil (it's the classic teacher's red correction pencil)
  5. Pencil sharpener
  6. Eraser
  7. Pad or stack of CHEAP white drawing paper, no larger than ~14 X 17 (you will use lots of paper)
  8. SMALL drawing board -- No larger than 20" in any direction. 19 X 19 inch masonite clip boards, available at art supply stores are ideal. The larger ones will not work in full classroom. Smaller will not support your paper.
  9. Strong clip/s to hold pad to the board, only if your board does not come with clip/s attached.
  10. If desired, additional notebook and writing implement for taking notes (some students do their exercises and write notes in the same book).

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Drawing IV: Form Conceptions

  1. Bring your lunch, or get lunch locally at one of the many cafes, takeouts, etc.
  2. Graphite drawing pencils, any softness/hardness that you like best
  3. Roller ball pens: Precise, or uni-balls are good -- not the waterproof type --
  4. Water brush, round point, medium size (has soft plastic reservoir and nylon tuft)
  5. Red correction pencil (it's the classic teacher's red correction pencil)
  6. Pencil sharpener
  7. Eraser
  8. Pad or stack of CHEAP white drawing paper, no larger than ~14 X 17 (you will use lots of paper)
  9. SMALL drawing board -- No larger than 20" in any direction. 19 X 19 inch masonite clip boards, available at art supply stores are ideal. The larger ones will not work in full classroom. Smaller will not support your paper.
  10. Strong clip/s to hold pad to the board, only if your board does not come with clip/s attached.
  11. If you have taken a class where you received ellipse and angle transparencies, please bring these to class. If you have not yet received from Rebecca any or both of these, they will be provided, compliments of the house.
  12. If desired, additional notebook and writing implement for taking notes (some students do their exercises and write notes in the same book).

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Drawing V: Portrait Sketching & Drawing

  • Graphite drawing pencil, medium softness, such as F or HB, wood clad (kept sharp with portable sharpener), or mechanical with .09 mm or less lead diameter.
  • First weekend optional complication for hotshots: Roller ball, ball point, or fountain pens with waterbrush. If you like, you may also bring your dip pen gear from Advanced Drawing: Wash Drawing & Hachure, but only if you did take that class. Note: pens are not featured supplies for this class, but on the first weekend, you may use them if you love them.
  • For second weekend only: Charcoal pencils: hard, medium and soft.
  • Pad or book of white drawing paper ~ 11 X 14 inches, or under.
  • Paper for the second weekend will be provided at the workshop, compliments of the house.
  • Pencil sharpener (electric sharpener or razor might be a good choice).
  • Factis extra soft eraser.
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • Optional: electric eraser (do not feel obligated to buy this).
  • Large clean [or cleaned] stump (Not made in China, which is proving to be too hard. The ones made in Taiwan are fine. The country is often stamped on the stumps. Cretacolor doesn't stamp theirs, but so far, has been the soft type)
  • Tortillon. (used ones are okay, so long as the only color you ever used is black)
  • Clean chamois (available at automotive stores for less than art supply stores)
  • SMALL drawing board -- No larger than 20" in any direction. 19 X 19 inch masonite clip boards, available at art supply stores are ideal. The larger ones will not work in full classroom. Smaller will not support your paper.
  • 12" 3/16 inch diameter wood dowel, available in 3 or 4 foot lengths at hardware and craft stores. You can cut to size with classroom's clipper.
  • Your favorite drawing aids, such as the tracing window, and any other stuff you like.
  • Drafting tape.
  • Visor to block strong spot light from your eyes (important!)
  • Your notebook and writing implement for taking notes.
  • Cushion for metal folding chair, only if you need one.
  • If you cannot sit (due to physical disability) while drawing, please email .

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Drawing VI: Gesture Figure Drawing

  • Your lunch, or get lunch locally.
  • Pad/s or stack of white or off-white drawing paper ~ 11 X 14 inches, or under. Spiral bound can be handy, but is not required. You will go through lots of paper, so don't buy pads with heavy paper, since these have fewer sheets per pad.
  • SMALL drawing board -- No larger than 20" in any direction. The 19 X 19 inch clip boards available at art supply stores are ideal. Larger boards do not fit in a full classroom. Smaller will not support your paper.
  • Extra clip/s to better hold pad to the board, if necessary.
  • Graphite drawing pencil, medium softness, such as F or HB, wood clad (kept sharp with portable sharpener), or mechanical with .09 mm or less lead diameter.
  • Water soluble pen/s: roller ball, flex tipped, or fountain.
  • Waterbrush.
  • You will receive a water soluble graphite pencil, compliments of the house.
  • OPTIONAL: waxy or water soluble pencil/s in your choice of color/s. For example: (click here to view) I drew 'deep ochre' pencil construction lines prior to top drawing with brown ink. Construction lines are erasable, but here, remain as an underlying feature.
  • Cake or tube of black watercolor with small, no frills, pan to prepare washes. For example, pan can be a bottle cap.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • Eraser.
  • Your red correction pencil with tracing window, and water soluble overhead projection pen; and soft cloth with water supply to wipe window clean.
  • Your ellipse transparencies and angle references.
  • Your notes from the Form Conceptions skill clinic (please review before Friday's lecture).
  • Your favorite anatomy references (please review before Friday's lecture).
  • Visor to block strong spot light from your eyes.
  • Your notebook and writing implement for taking notes.
  • Cushion for metal folding chair, only if you need one.
  • If you cannot sit (due to physical disability) while drawing, please email inquire@academicfigure.com .

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Drawing VII: Cafe Sketching

  • Your lunch, or get lunch at one of the local cafes. You will need some cash to pay table "rent" at the cafes -- buy a beverage for the best value.
  • Pad/s or stack of drawing paper ~ 11 X 14 inches, or under. Smaller is more discreet in cafes. Spiral bound is handy, but not required. If you bring loose paper, you should have a small board to support it, as well as to protect it from sticky tables.
  • Graphite drawing pencil, medium softness, such as F or HB, wood clad (kept sharp with portable sharpener), or mechanical with .09 mm or less lead diameter.
  • Water soluble pen/s: roller ball, flex tipped, or fountain.
  • Waterbrush.
  • Bring the water soluble graphite pencil you received in Gesture Figure Drawing.
  • Cake of black watercolor with small pan to prepare washes.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • Eraser.
  • Your notebook and writing implement for taking notes.
  • OPTIONAL:
  • Collection of chalk, waxy and/or water soluble pencil/s in your choice of color/s.
  • If you like, bring a small full color watercolor set.
  • Bic ballpoint (not roller ball) pen. Black might be light fast.
  • Sunglasses to conceal your gaze.

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Advanced Drawing: Hatchure & Wash Drawing

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Guided Anatomy Studies
Advanced Anatomy Studies

  1. Drawing chalks / or charcoals / or colored pencils / or graphite pencils
  2. Pencil sharpener
  3. Eraser
  4. Pad or book of white drawing paper ~ 11 X 14 inches, or under
  5. Small drawing board -- no larger than 20" in any direction
  6. 2 texts:
    1. Workbook
      Draw from Your Head: A Step-by-Step System for Drawing the Human Figure without a Model by Doug Jamison (out of print -- copies for sale to students during orientation. 'At cost' price ~$15)
    2. Text
      Human Anatomy for Artists -- The Elements of Form by Eliot Goldfinger Oxford University Press (ISBN: 0-10-505206-4)

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Planning Paintings: Introduction to Studies and Composition

For first day, just bring a notebook and pencil.
Students will be asked to keep a sketchbook journal: you will decide what format that will take.
Museums discourage pens in gallery areas. No cameras.
More supplies can be purchased at student's discretion, as demonstrations and suggestions unfold.

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