Glastonbury Arts

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


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



Although oils are my specialty, all mediums are welcome.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 umbrella, or it is crucial to paint in the shade.
Plastic grocery bag for soiled rags


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

DRAWING MADE EASY (Instructor: Jackie Jones):

2H,H,HB, and 2B pencils and sharpener
Paris a Conte pencils, white, blacl, sanguine
kneaded eraser
small sketchbook
gray toned drawing pad(Strathmore 400 series, 9 x 12 or larger)
tape and ruler.
Newsprint will be supplied for larger practice

FINDING ABSTRACT (instructor: Jane Zisk):

Students, bring the medium that you are comfortable with, whether it is oils, acrylics or mixed media. Also bring a sketch pad to the first class.



For Beginners, I am offering two options this year.  You may purchase your own materials as described below OR I can provide the materials for a $25 fee. 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.
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 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.



ACRYLIC  STILL LIFE for Teens and Pre-teens (Instructor:Sandra Gustafson)

18 x 24 (appx size) Canvas paper or pre-primed canvas sheets
primary plus white, acrylic paints.
Paper plates for palettes, brushes, water and paper towels,

DRY MEDIA PORTRAIT for Teens and Pre-teens (Instructor: Rachel Gaivoto)

18 x 24 grey toned paper, 18 x 24 white drawing paper.
Graphite pencils, vine charcoal, charcoal sticks, charcoal pencils, white charcoal, soap erasers & kneaded erasers

Pastel and the Landscape (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 or unsanded (Canson MiTientes), sizes approx 11 x 14
Dry brush for corrections
Vine Charcoal
Photo references
Board larger than paper to tape paper onto
Artist tape
Apron/gloves/paper towels


Portrait in Charcoal Workshop(Instructor Sam D’Ambruoso)
Middle Gray drawing paper, minimum 14” x 18” or larger type sketch pad; 6 sheets minimum or use a gray pad of paper: Canson or Strathmore or Borden & Riley brands pads will do
drawing board or hard surface.  Paper must be attached to this surface.
Kneaded eraser
General’s charcoal pencils: 2B; HB-hard, 4B-soft, extra-soft 6B
General’s charcoal pencil white,
Charcoal blending stumps-a large and a small.
Blending tool called Sofftart knives and covers:  sizes 1 and 4. They are normally available at Jerry’s Artarama, West Hartford or Dick Blick.
Pencil sharpener.
Note: Portable easels are available but if students prefer, they can bring their own easel. Student with questions about materials, please contact the instructor at 203-758-9660 or cell: 203-417-7120



Adventures in Abstraction Workshop (Instructor: Polly Castor)
Soft pastels
Photo reference(close up of something)
8 sanded papers pre-cut to 6 x 9 or 8 x 10
support and tape for securing
hard pastels