Glastonbury Arts


Flowers in Pastel (Instructor: Karen Israel)
A variety of soft pastels(no oil pastels please). Try to have a palette of grey greens/pinks/reds/blue plus some vibrant colors of the primary colors(red,yellow,blue)
For underpainting I recommend Nupastel single sticks: cordovan,spruce blue,bottle green,sepia,cocoa brown, ochre
Pastel paper, sanded, sizes approx 11 x 14
Photo reference or you can work from mine
Vine Charcoal
artists tape
a board larger than your paper
an easel
paper towels
OPTIONAL: watercolor and 1” flat watercolor brush and rubbing alchohol


Exploring Watercolors (Instructor Alan James)

At least 3 primary colors and earth colors (brands Daniel Smith, Holbein, or Windsor Newton)
Examples: light red/cadmium red, ultramarine blue, raw sienna, cadmium yellow
Watercolor palette for mixing
Watercolor brushes: mop brush suggests DaVinci size 6 or Princeton Neptune)
pointed rounds size 6 & 12.
Rough/cold pressed paper 140 lb. (suggests Arches sheets, cut to size 11×14, or 8×10, or 9×12)
Drawing board, or gatorboard, or corrugated plastic board
1” tape to secure paper to board
Drawing sketchbook or pad, pencils
Container for water
Paper towels
(Jerry’s has a list of supplies for Alan James classes)

Painting a Shoreline Scene  in Oils WORKSHOP (Instructor Jacqueline Jones)

OILS COLORS: From least to more expensive oil brands: Gamblin, Utrecht, Windsor Newton, M
Graham, Rembrant, , Michael Harding, Old Holland, Williamsburg, Sennelier *Recommended: Buy Professional Grades if possible. Always buy good high quality yellows. With that said, bring what you have that is equivalent – you do not need to run out and buy special colors. It’s just that inexpensive brands contain more filler than paint pigment, so your paintings will not look as vibrant or perform as well. If you are new to painting, inexpensive brands can get you started, then if you decide to continue oil painting, you can upgrade colors.
Yellow ochre or raw sienna
Cadmium yellow light or lemon (Cool Yellow) 
Cadmium yellow medium or deep (Warm Yellow) 
Cadmium red light or permanent red (Warm Red) 
Alizarin crimson (Cool red) 
Ultramarine blue or Ultramarine blue deep (preferred) (Cool blue) 
Viridian or phtalo green 
Titanium White

THINNER Gamsol- a petroleum distillate but all the aromatic solvents have been refined out of it, less than .005% remains. Aromatic solvents are the most harmful types of petroleum solvents. It has a low evaporation rate.
MEDIUM: I mix a large bottle with 1 part Linseed Oil and 4 parts Gamsol. 
Brushes: Brights and/or Flats (bristles, hog’s hair) Robert Simmons Signet, Silver Brush Grand Prix or Bristlon, Rosemary Long Ivories. All of these are great brands.
One of each size: #2, #4, #6 #8 -Detail brush for signing your name: any 0 or 00. 
PALETTE KNIFE: One that looks like a trowel with an offset handle for mixing and a small triangle.
Paper towels and rags. (You can purchase of box of rags at Lowe’s that will last for a long time) 
Palette Holder (Optional). I use a plastic 12 x 16 Masterson palette w/lid. Easy for transport and keeping paints wet longer. You could also use a shallow box to carry your pallette to and fro each day. 
Palette: 12 x 16 disposable pallet pad (“Grey Matters” is excellent, but also a traditional wood palette is fine or use foil over it for easy clean-up. 
CANVAS: Choose a canvas size you are comfortable working with, often it’s easier to work a bit larger, 11”x 14”, 12”x 16”, up to 16” x 20” max.” A professional grade stretched acrylic or oil primed canvas. * Recommended not use student grade canvas, it can really make painting application difficult. 
Palette cup; a small clip-on double palette cup to be used for thinner & medium when painting. The one with screw on caps are great. 
Latex gloves (I buy a box from CVS) Oil colors have some toxic ingredients as does turpentine

Abstract Painting Outdoors workshop (instructor: Jane Zisk)

It is necessary to have an easel and/or small portable table.
Optional portable chair
Ultramarine, cad yellow light, alizarin crimson, titanium white, ivory black
suggested painting panels: 8X10, 9×12, 12×16
sketch pad
drawing materials
Extra water if you work with water media
Hat, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
sack lunch, water bottle,
There are farm fields and riverside to paint. Bathroom facilities and food/drink nearby on Route 17.

Glastonbury Ferry Landing directions from CT-17(South or North) depending on where you are travelling from, then turn to follow CT-160W

The Landscape En Plein Air workshop (instructor Sam D’Ambruoso)

Sketch Box Easel or aluminum tripod:  Some brands are Maybef, Julian, Soltek. Either half or full box is fine.  Julian brand is used by many.  There are also many aluminum tripods available at your nearest full art supply store.  Other boxes: look at EasyL and OpenBoxM.  Use whatever you are comfortable with and is easy to carry.  Important: Practice setting up your new boxes before you come to the workshop.
Small stool or folding chair
Brushes:  Numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, White Bristle filberts and flats
 Number 10 Bright
One each of number 2 and number 4 sable riggers                   

Oil Colors (recommended): in 1.25 ounce tubes.  No student grades.  Recommended brands:   Gamblin, Old Holland, Holbein, Winsor Newton, Grumbacher. Michael Harding. I normally have the following:
Alizarin Crimson                                                            
Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Red Light                                                    
Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Yellow Pale
 Burnt Sienna
Cadmium Orange
Burnt Umber
Naples Yellow
Ivory Black
Yellow Ochre
Titanium White

Wood, glass, or other permanent palette, or disposable paper palette pad
Palette knife
Winsor & Newton Liquin Medium or Resin Gel made by Weber
Vine charcoal and drawing pencil
Odorless turpentine
Required: Small Sketchbook

Other: Protective Glove
Bug spray
 Drinking Water bottle
 Sun Block
 Paper Towels
Painting umbrella


ALL MEDIA LANDSCAPE PAINTING (Instructor: Dianne Gorrick):

You should bring your current painting supplies (watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels). In addition, bring up to 3 examples of your work for goal-setting discussions with the instructor.


If you already have watercolors bring them to first class. Otherwise, bring Windsor Newton Artist Grade Watercolors (come in tubes)
Prussian Blue
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Alizarin Crimson
Plastic watercolor palette or a large white ceramic platter may be substituted
Watercolor Brushes
Flat 1 inch wash brush
Round number 4 or 6
Small detail brush
Old tooth brush
Watercolor Paper: Arches 300lb.Blocks (cold press) 9″ × 12″ or 10″ X 14″  Very Important
Sketch Pad
toilet paper or tissues
water holder