You are welcome to work in acrylics or oils, whichever you prefer. I recommend beginning with acrylics if you have no painting experience; they are more forgiving when you are learning.


Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
April 18–May 30 (7 weeks)
La Jolla Studio


MATERIALS: Materials typed in boldface are the basic stuff you need; don’t sweat the rest.


Oils: Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson (Winsor & Newton is recommended), Cadmium Yellow Light.


Acrylics: Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium (or Hansa Yellow Medium), Cadmium Red Medium (or Naphthol Crimson), Titanium White; cloth rag for brushes; water container.


Brushes: (Do not scrimp on your brushes. They are an important investment in your art practice. Inexpensive brushes are not going to save you money or time.) Same for oils and acrylics: #2, #4 and #6 flats (I use Robert Simmons Signet brand from Artist & Craftsman Supply: 3rd & Robinson in Hillcrest); a soft synthetic #2 bristle brush, a liner/rigger, and a soft, small, #2 synthetic brush are also very useful.


Palette: The large Masterson blue and white plastic palette is a good investment, and get the palette paper that fits inside. You could also go with a disposable paper palette, but get one that is at least 12” x 16”.


Canvas: Four to six small (9” x 12” to 12” x 16” max) canvas panels; they are light, cheap, and easy to carry.


Other: solvent tank or a jar with tight lid to hold odorless mineral spirits for cleaning brushes (a small glass recycled jar works fine); small, metal trowel-type palette knife with a blade less than 2” long; small palette cup for Liquin gel medium (dryer); paper towels, black Sharpie felt-tip pen and small sketchbook for notes/drawing; a viewfinder for cropping corners; thin vine charcoal (optional).