We are pleased to offer this class online using Zoom video conferencing. The hope is to mimic, as closely as possible, what normally happens in our classrooms at the Athenaeum. Of course it will not be exactly the same, but in this time when many of us are experiencing anxiety and isolation, our hope is to continue to provide enriching experiences of artistic growth and community building, just in a different format.


The technology to make this happen is actually surprisingly simple (imagine a group FaceTime or Skype meeting). You only need a computer (phone or tablet) with a camera, microphone, and internet connection and we are here to help you should you experience any technical difficulties.


Once you register, look for an email with more information and detailed instructions in the week preceding the class start date.


Stay safe and be well! And thank you for your continued support of our school.


WEDNESDAYS, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM





MATERIALS: As far as materials go, you need not have exactly everything on the list. Just prepare what you do have, although you can order some supplies on the internet. Thia can help you do some improvising if necessary.


Paper: 11" x 14" or 9" x 12" (or a block), 100% cotton, 140 lb., cold-pressed (or two 22" x 30" sheets). We will also try hot pressed paper.


Colors: (It is more important to have a warm and cool of each primary than the hues I have listed. If you have paints, you need not buy all new ones; bring what you have.) Permanent Rose, Scarlet Lake, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Lemon Yellow or Aureolin, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue or Manganese Blue, Phthalo Blue or Windsor Blue, Sap Green; White gouache or bleed-proof white.


Professional Brand Quality: Windsor & Newton Artist Grade, Holbein, Rembrandt, Grumbacher Finest, LeFranc&Bourgeoise, Rowney, Schmincke.


Student Grade Quality: Bocour, Windsor & Newton London, Cotman, Liquitex Permanent Pigments. Professional brands are more money, but they are better quality, have less filler, and go further.


Brushes: Large round, good quality: #12 or #9 or #10 Robert Simons, 1" flat. Add others as you learn to paint. Sable is the finest, although good quality nylon works well. Buy the best you can afford; it makes painting easier.


Other: Palette knife—not stainless steel; yellow #2 drawing pencil; white palette with lid; elephant ear and synthetic sponges; paper towels or Kleenex or rag; kneaded eraser; Mr. Clean sponges; plastic quart water container with wide mouth; liquid frisket (masking fluid for watercolor; Pebeo brand is best), “pick up” (for frisket); shampoo or mild soap (motel sample), small spray bottle, cut up credit card


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