Composition for Painters


Set of paints of your choice (whatever colors you have on hand – extensive discussion of colors for complete palette will be discussed on first day). Water Color , Gouache or acrylic.


Pad of Disposable paper palettes (for Acrylics or Gouache)
     Metal, plastic for water color or gouache


Your choice plus one inexpensive large flat brush at least 2” wide

Small drawing pad about 12”x15”  (NOT newsprint)

2 Sheet of Arches Water Color Paper
140#  22”x30”  hot press, cold press  OR  rough

2  sheets Illustration board  or rigid matt board  (black or white, approximately 15”x20” or larger

Matt knife or exacto knife to cut board

Photographs  (5 or more ) or something you want to paint

Pencil and eraser 


3 water containers

Rags or paper towels

Suggested Art Supply Store

New York Central Art Supply—3rd Ave. between 10th and 11th Streets
Utrecht—111 East 4th Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets
Pearl Paint—308 Canal Street

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