Glastonbury Arts


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)

Pastels for Beginner and Intermediate (Instructor: Susan Bosworth)

For Beginners,  You may purchase your own materials as described below OR I can provide the materials for a fee not to exceed $20. For example, I can buy packs of paper which we will share.  Please email me at the email address below if you would like me to provide the class materials. For those who have some pastels or the pastel papers listed below, please bring them. If not, you will need to purchase:
Pastels: A small set of (at least 12) of Prismacolor NuPastels (hard) or an assortment of Richardson soft pastels from a local art store such as Jerry’s Artarama in West Hartford or Dick Blick’s in Plainville. Dakota Pastels ( is a good on line source as well as Jerry’s Artarama ( and Dick Blick’s (  Another source of pastels for the beginners in this class is Ocean State. Recently I noticed that they are selling a box of 24 soft pastels for $4.99. They are actually pretty good. Hopefully they are in stock when you look for them. They would be my first choice for beginners.
2. Paper a. Uart 300 or 400 only white available (medium tooth)
b. Art Spectrum Color Fix, aubergine or elephant (fine tooth)
c. 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 in West Hartford carries all of these papers. Beginners will be using the no tooth canson paper in the first class. If there is enough time in the last session, the instructor will provide the materials for a prepared board for a minimal fee.
For the Intermediates, we will work on one or two paintings for the entire four weeks.  Please bring whatever paper and pastels you would like to use, as well as a few photo references. I will be demonstrating from a still life for two of the weeks so you could choose that as an option to paint as well. I would recommend the UArt white paper or whatever you are most comfortable working on.Everyone should bring painter’s tape to mount their paper, a mounting board (there are some available in the GA Supply room), paper towels and a face mask if you have a problem with dust.  Latex gloves or barrier cream for your hands are recommended.  If there are any questions before and during the class, feel free to email me at or call me at 860-649-5353.

Courageous Watercolor (Instructor: Shauna Shane)

Recommended palette: Robert Wood, Tom Lynch or John Pike or any similar will do. You’ll need at least a 6” x 8” mixing area; even a Styrofoam or plastic tray works. A large mixing surface is essential to painting fresh vibrant paintings.
Pigments: 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
 Cadmium Yellow Light
 Yellow Ochre
 Burnt Sienna
 Cadmium Red Light or Cad. Vermillion
  Quinacridone violet, or Permanent magenta
  Cerulean Blue
  Cobalt Blue
  Ultramarine Blue
  Sap Green
  Paynes Gray
Notice:  basic palette includes a warm and cool of yellow, red, blue, & green.I like M. Graham paints because their honey base inhibits mold growth
Best deal: Utrecht brand and (Dick Blick) paints are artist grade and the most economical for the quality.Brushes:  Round – #6 or 8, and #12 or above. I use a #16 the most. Of course, favorite brushes you already have are fine. Mixed synthetic and sable is best for me, pure synthetic OK. Pure sable is always wonderful, but costs more. (Way more.) Critical – the point (sharp) and the snap (snappy!
Paper:  3 sheets Cold press 140 lb.. I prefer Fabriano, or D’Arches
Paper Towels (automotive are the best. I’ll discuss this first class.
Large water container
A spray bottle will come in handy
Drawing board–large enough for a half sheet of paper
Clips or tape
kneaded eraser
HB pencil or pastel pencil: red/orange or sienna color recommended.                                    

 Drawing Basics (Instructor: Shauna Shane)   
Hard Vine Charcoal
Drawing Board (large board preferred)
4 large sheets grey Charcoal Paper – or white, light grey, or multi-toned Charcoal Pad 14 x 18 or larger. (Canson, etc.)
Kneaded Eraser
Blending Stump
Sandpaper Block
Workable Fixative

Water Lily Painting Workshop (Instructor: Jackie Jones)

OILS COLORS: From least to more expensive oil brands: Gamblin, Utrecht, Windsor Newton, M
Graham, Rembrant, M. Graham, 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: 12 x 24” 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.

Soft Pastels and Re-discovering COLOR workshop (Instructor: Karen Israel)

A good selection of pastels
Several sheets of sanded pastel paper. White and toned paper. Small sizes no bigger than 12 x 18.
A board to tape paper onto.
Artist tape.
Paper towels.
Photo references. Try to print on glossy photo paper, any subject, but portrait oriented, print in color and grey scale.(The teacher will bring extra photos that students will be able to use.)

Portrait Workshop for charcoal, graphite, oils and soft pastel (Instructor: Sam D’Ambruoso)

Sketch Box Easel or aluminum tripod:  Easels and taborets provided by Glastonbury Arts
Brushes:  Numbers 0 (or rigger brush), 2, 4, 6, 8, White Bristle filberts and flats
 One each of number 2 and number 4 synthetic sable, and  riggers  
Oil Colors (recommended; although we will not be using all of them): in 1.25 ounce tubes.  No student grades.  Recommended brands: Winsor Newton, Gamblin, Old Holland, Holbein, Vasari Paints of New York City. Use what you are comfortable with. I normally have the following in a mixture of Gamblin, Vasari, and Old Holland:
Alizarin Crimson                                                        Cobalt Blue 
Cadmium Red Light                                                   Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Yellow Pale                                               Viridian
Yellow ochre                                                              Burnt Sienna
Transparent red oxide                                                Raw Umber
Cadmium Orange                                                       Burnt Umber
Naples Yellow                                                            Ivory Black                                                                                  Titanium White
Palettes: Wood, glass, or other permanent palette, or disposable paper palette pad. They now have disposable grey paper palettes which will work very well.  I use a wood palette. The darker tone of the wood is a good gauge for determining values in color.
Other equipment:
Palette knife                                                   

Vine charcoal and drawing pencil
Turpenoid orderless
Paper Towels & plastic bags for waste
Small containers to hold Liquin and Turps
Canvas board or Stretched canvas in 14” x 18” or 16” x 20”
If you decide to draw the portrait and not paint:
Drawing Supply 
For those artists drawing with graphite and/or pastel, bring your supplies
Paper:  Use a supply of your standard lithograph paper that you are used to.  If new to portraiture, use cheaper paper like newsprint. However, you may want to consider some half sheets of gray charcoal paper.  Just take gray charcoal paper and cut it in half or keep a few whole sheets if you are working on a larger scale.  The gray paper will serve as a mid-tone
Pencils/Charcoal: Make sure you have stick charcoal which leaves a soft mark on paper and is easily erasable.   For those using pencils, take pencils that are numbers 2B, 3B, H (minimum) graphite.  I have used General’s Charcoal pencil in 2B, 4B, and H.  Make sure you also have “white” pencils if you are drawing on half tone paper such as gray.  The white from the pencil makes excellent highlights.
Sharpeners for pencils
Sandpaper block for sharpening charcoal
Kneaded erasers
Vine charcoal
Paper Towels


Abstract Painting (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


A painting surface(canvas, board,acrylic paper)
Water cup and paper towels
Acrylic primary color paints, plus white


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