Glastonbury Arts


For the first class, bring the materials that you have; the instructor will provide further information on materials at first class. As a preview, here is her usual recommendation for PASTEL supplies. Complete set of NuPastels (90+) is recommended as a minimum, or the equivalent in any other set or combination.  Bring the support you are used to. If you can, UART paper is very good taped to a board.  Alchohol for block in of your painting, blending stump or chamois cloth, Kneaded eraser, Pastel pencils are helpful.


BRILLIANT  WATERCOLOR (Instructor Shauna Shane)

Recommended palette:  Robert Wood, or Tom Lynch brand. A large mixing surface, even a Styrofoam plate, is essential to painting fresh vibrant paintings.

I recommend the following pigments in professional or artist quality (not student or economy. The word “hue” after the color means it is an alternate formula to save cost):Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red Light or Vermillion, Quinacradine violet, carmine, or permanent magenta, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian, Sap Green, Paynes Gray. I also have on my palette a light yellow-green (leaf green), cadmium orange, blue/grey (Holbein) and cobalt violet.  What can I say….I love color. Speaking of which, Utrecht brand paints are artist grade and the most economical for the quality.

Brushes:   Round – 6, 7 or 8, and 12 or above. I use a #16 the most. Mixed synthetic and sable is good, pure synthetic OK.  Of course, pure sable is always wonderful, but costs way more. When selecting a brush, look for bristles that come to a point (sharp) and bristles with snap (snappy!)

Paper:  Cold press 140 lb. or higher full sized w/c paper folded in half. I prefer Fabriano, or D’Arches

Paper Towels
Large water container like a gallon milk jug cut to include the handle.
A spray bottle will come in handy.
Drawing board–large enough for a half sheet of paper
Clips or tape
kneaded eraser
Pencil or pastel pencil: orange or sienna color recommended.

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.




Windsor Newton Artist Grade Watercolors (come in tubes)
Prussian Blue
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Alizarin Crimson
If you already have watercolors bring them to first class
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 10X14  Very Important
Sketch Pad
toilet paper or tissues
water holder


PAINT YOUR FAVORITE PLACES IN OIL (Instructor Katherine Simmons):

Limited palette of paint colors: Please note that alternative colors are listed in parentheses for some pigments in the event that you do not have the color  recommended. (Note: If you are already working with an established palette of colors, bring those to the first class rather than buy more paint colors that you may not need.)  Ttitanium white, cadmium yellow medium, yellow ochre (or raw sienna), cadmium orange, cadmium red medium, permanent rose (or quinacridine red, or alizarin crimson), french ultramarine, prussian blue (or thalo blue), permanent sap green, viridian (or thalo green), and burnt sienna.

Weber Odorless Turpentine (blue and white can), Winsor & Newton Paint Medium (75 ml. bottle). If you want your paint to dry more quickly, use Winsor & Newton Liquin in place of tWinsor & Newton Paint Medium.

#4 and #8 Isabey hog bristle filberts, #6 red sable round brush, #4 Princeton synthetic flat

Unless you have experience working in larger sizes, use the following canvas sizes: 8″ x 10″ to 11″ x 14″. Good quality canvas panels are available from Jerry’s (in store or on-line): Frederix, Pintura, and Raphael. Other good quality canvas panels are available on-line from RayMar and SourceTek.

Paint palette (A pad of disposable paper palettes is useful for easy cleanup), Roll of paper towels, One small jar (Jelly jars are a good size), One large jar (a tomato sauce jar is a good size), Disposable non-surgical gloves or “Invisible Glove” protective cream for hands, and a Palette knife (trowel shaped). For the inevitable dabs of paint that find their way on to your clothing, a good spot remover is called Kiss-Off and is available at most art supply stores.

To transport your wet paintings to and from class, lay an old sheet or drop cloth across the trunk of your car. An empty pizza box is also useful for making sure that wet paintings don’t slide around. For transporting your painting supplies, a toolbox, old briefcase or large canvas tote are good alternatives.

TECHNIQUES WITH ACRYLICS (Instructor Ramona Agro):

Paints: Twelve (12) color Liquitex Acrylic Paint Set (4 ounce tubes) and a small  tube of Titanium White(4oz).
Brushes: Nylon brushes In the following shapes and sizes: #0, #4 and #6 Flat, #0 and #2 Round, 3/8″ chisel and #00 Fan Brush.
Canvas: Pre-stretched and primed canvas in the size of your choice; canvas boards are also acceptable.
Paint palette and other materials: (A pad of disposable paper palettes are useful for easy cleanup).
Paper towels and/or rags for wiping brushes.
Water jar for cleaning brush


DRAWING  PEOPLE AND ANIMALS (Instructor Shauna Shane):

An 11″ x 14″ drawing pad, #2B pencil , Winsor Newton willow charcoal and a kneaded eraser to first class. If you have other drawing materials that you are currently using, bring these to the first class.  The instructor will provide more information on other drawing media that may be used during the course.

GUIDED ART STUDIO (Instructor Ramona Agro):

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.

(Instructor Jackie Jones):

Please note all mediums are welcome. although oils are my specialty.The basic concepts are the same.

Oils:   Bring what brand you have. I primarily use Gamblin, Rembrandt or Winsor Newton oil colors
Yellow ochre ,Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium yellow deep ,Cadmium red light, Alizarin crimson,Ultramarine blue or ultramarine blue deep,,Viridian green (used only to mix cerulean, used in skies, used to make flesh tone or stone colors with red), Titanuim or Zinc 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: Flats (bristles, hog’s hair) Robert Simmons brushes recommended. One of each size: #2, #4, #6 #8, #10, #12 -Silver Brush Grand Prix is another excellent alternative. Detail brush for signing your name: any 0 or 00 or “rigger” AND a color shaper to scribe your name in wet paint.
Palette knife: One that looks like a trowel with an offset handle.
Paper towels and rags. (You can purchase of box of rags at Lowe’s that will last for a long time)
Palette: I use a Masterson palette w/lid, lined with foil for easy clean-up, but disposable pallet paper pads or a traditional wood palette is great.
Canvas: 6 x 8” to 12 x 16”.  professional grade stretched acrylic or oil primed canvas. Do not use student grade canvas, it can really make painting application difficult.
Double Palette cup; a small clip on palette cup to be used for thinner when painting.
Brush washer container or a jar to clean brushes
Latex gloves (I buy a box from CVS) or “invisible glove” I am a messy painter and my gloves are a wreck by the end of a painting session. I would not want these toxic ingredients slowly seeping into my system.
Easel umbrela, or it is crucial to paint in the shade.
Plastic grocery bag for soiled rags


LANDSCAPE IN ALL MEDIA (Instructor: Jackie Jones):

See above for oils. For watercolor, pastels, acrylics, please bring what you are currently using for supplies. 


See above..


ADVENTURES  IN ABSTRACTION Instructor: (Barbara Jenkins):
If you are using oils: Liquin by Winsor Newton
Odorless solvent, such as Gamsol or Turpenoid
cold wax
Baby oil for cleanup

If you are using acrylics:Liquitex Gloss medium varnish(opt.), gel medium, matte medium and Liquitex clear gesso(opt.) consider experimenting with mixed media using oil or acrylic and/or water soluable wax crayon(Caran D” Arche)(Liquitex or any acrylic matte or gloss medium/gel serves as a good adhesive)

Color: Can be kept to a minimum with good mixing
Red,blue,yellow,green,black and lots of white(a good student grade )

Brushes and other tools- pencils,charcoal,china markers,paint sticks,water soluable crayons,etc, even crinkled paper compatible with your medium choice.

Paper towels,palette or freezer paper,painter’s tape,palette knife,scissors or x-acto knife

• 3 or 4 small canvases or painting boards plus 3 pieces of cardboard or heavy paper
• Acrylic or oil paints you might have (don’t buy new sets)
• A few old paint brushes
• Various glues such as glue sticks and tacky glue, E6000
• Polymer matte medium
• Charcoal
• Any materials that can be torn up or cut up—dried organic material, old sheet music, photos, fabrics, feathers, various colored papers, etc. These are just suggestions.


For those who have pastels or pastel paper, please bring them. If not, you will need to purchase: 
1.A small set of (at least 12) NuPastels ( Jerry’s Artarama or Michaels)
2. Paper
Uart 300 or 400 only white available  (medium tooth)
Art Spectrum Color Fix, aubergine or elephant (fine tooth)
Canson Mi Tientes, neutral color (no tooth)
Try to buy the smallest piece possible, i.e. the Canson Mi Teintes comes in 8.5×11 preferred) as well as the larger sheets. Uart is a large sheet but also comes in a 9×12 pad (more expensive). And the Art Spectrum comes in very large sheets or 16×20 light boards (preferred). Jerry’s carries all of these papers. We will be using the no tooth canson paper in the first class. If there is enough time, the instructor will provide the materials for a prepared board for a minimal fee.
 Art board for taping paper
 painters tape
 vine charcoal or pencil for drawing
 protective clothing and surgical gloves or invisible glove cream (can be found at hardware or auto supply stores)
Paper Towels 
Several reference photos of simple landscapes, prints or on iPad
Note pad for value sketches


The Portrait in Charcoal Workshop (Instructor Shauna Shane)

Hard Vine Charcoal
Blending Stump
Drawing Board
4 large sheets light grey Charcoal Paper – or light grey or multi-toned Charcoal Pad 14 x 18 or larger
Kneaded Eraser
Sandpaper Block
Workable Fixative