Class Supply List - Ron Sanders


  • If you buy oil paints, look at Grumbacher PreTest oils for a low cost, yet professional grade paint that will work well. Other good brands include Gamblin, Winsor-Newton (but don't get their student grade Winton Line - it has too many fillers and is harder to mix and handle), Rembrandt Oils, or other professional grade traditional oil paints.
  • They now make a "water soluble" oil paint, but I do not recommend them. They are very clumpy and do not handle well. My students who have had them have had great dificulty with them. One such paint is called DUO. Please avoid these.
  • Colors to buy: The full palette recommended by the instructor:
      • Cadmium-Barium Yellow Lemon, Cad-Bar Yellow Medium, Cad-Bar Orange, Cad-Bar Red Light, Quinacridone Rose (Permanent Rose), Cobalt Violet Hue (Hues are less expensive paints made from other pigments), Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Viridian Green, Titanium White, and Burnt Umber (a brown). [cadmium-barium colors have a lower cost than pure cad colors, but either can be used.]
  • For those wishing to paint with a limited palette, please have:
      • Cad-Bar Yellow Lemon or Light, Permanent Rose (PV19) or Pthalo Magenta (PR122), Cerulean Blue Hue (PB15 + PW6) or Pthalo Blue (blue or green shade, but the green is better - PB15:4), Titanium White and Burnt Umber or Ivory Black.
Other materials you will need:
  • Brushes: White Hogs Hair bristle brushes - these are coarse stiff brushes that can handle the paint load. Avoid soft synthetic brushes like white nylon or softer animal hair brushes - they will not pick up the stiff, thick oil paint well.
  • Buy brushes in Flat and Filbert styles, min. sizes 2, 4, and 6 for each style.
  • You can use one small synthetic round for details, such as a size 0 or 1.
  • You will need a Palette to work on - you can buy a wooden one, or buy paper palette pads that are disposable. Another quick-cleanup solution for class is to tape wax paper to your palette or a piece of masonite. When you're done painting, you can just throw the wax paper with the paint away in the trash. This is a much quicker and easier solution than cleaning the palette with solvents at the end of the class, which also helps to reduce the odors from paint thinner.
  • Masonite size: 12x16 inches, 1 roll of Wax Paper or Wax Paper Sheets, 1 roll of masking tape.
  • Paint Thinner: Buy an odorless mineral spirit thinner such as Turpenoid in the blue can (DO NOT buy Turpenoid Natural in the green can!!- it is a different product that is not a thinner, but an oily medium). The other good thinner is Gamsol which reportedly has the slowest evaporation rate and therefore is the safest to work around.
  • You will need a container in which to carry the thinner. While you can buy metal brush washer cans with secure lids, I recommend just using a glass peanut butter or salsa jar (something with straight sides and screw top metal lid). In the bottom of the jar, place a nylon mesh kitchen pot scrubber (the nylon mesh netting rolled up in an oval): this gives you something to rub the brush against to get the paint out of the bristles. Then pour the Turpenoid or Gamsol into the container to a height an inch or two above the scrubber.
  • Rags: bring a roll of paper towels and also, if you can, a cloth rag for drying brushes. (old T-shirts work very well because the material is absorbent and does not lint)
  • Surface Options: you can buy canvas as stretched canvas, canvas boards (canvas wrapped around cardboard), canvas panels (canvas wrapped around masonite), or sheets of unstretched canvas in pads. All are preprimed and ready for painting. All but the canvas boards are archival.
  • Other options include gessoed masonite panels (archival) or you can make your own inexpensive sketching surface by putting a couple of thin coats of white acrylic gesso on cardboard or illustration board and cut to whatever size you want.
  • If you prefer Acrylics, everything is the same except the thinner, which will be water. You can buy all the same colors in acrylic paints and will still need a palette, brushes, brush cleaning jar (which can be plastic for water), rags and canvas.
  • Watercolor artists can also bring similar materials for their work.

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