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Please bring a support board, gator board or plywood, etc, to adhere your paper to using clamps or tape.
Tables are provided but I recommend working on a slanted surface, approx. 30 degrees.
Colors; from tubes, The list below is not mandatory. Substitutions are OK in most cases. I mostly use
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton.
Brushes; any watercolor variety including a 1 1/2" wash. a few 1/2" flats, and some rounds in various sizes.
I also use a 2" wash for larger paintings.
Paper is important; any brand that is 100% cotton rag. I use Arches, 140# cold press. Watercolor blocks are
good. Full sheets 22 x 30 can be cut into quarter sheets. (Strathmore/Canson brands are poor quality for
watercolor. I know students will show up with tablets because they are more affordable. OK, we will talk
about that). A sketch book, any size. Scrap paper for drawing.
Mixing palette; with large mixing areas. I use Robert E. Wood Palette. Other suggested palettes are Tom Lynch,
Skip Lawrence, John Pike, Frank Webb.
Also; 3B or softer drawing pencils. Paper towels or rags. Masking tape. Paper clamps (bulldog style).
1/2 quart or larger water container. Reference material to draw from.
Optional; Plexiglas 8" by 10" and black grease pencil or china marker, for drawing and design lesson.
Any other; special tools you have picked up along the way. Electronic devices or lap tops are good. Please, no salt!
Drawing skills are important but tracing or projecting is OK. I sometimes pre- draw my demo, (to save time), and
you may do the same. Please keep your subjects simple. Students may choose from any subject, sketches or photos.
Demos will be given along with individual and group critiques . This is not an imitation workshop. Individual
personalities are encouraged. Lessons are designed to explore new color and composition approaches that will
make ordinary subjects into exciting paintings.
SEE COLOR LIST BELOW 14ml or 15ml tubes