Here’s a list of art materials to bring to class:

1) Easel – French easels are best but any easel that enables you to be mobile is adequate; you can get a “Monet French easel” from for cheap (about $78).

If you reserved a pochade box, please note that it will take 12×16 canvases. If you’re using larger canvases (eg 14 x 18), it will have to be clamped to the box. We have the clamps. Just bring a cloth grocery bag to bring in other supplies.

2) Oil paints – As you see from the image below, some paints in my list are recommended, some are optional. I probably use more colors than most. If you are a raw beginner I would recommend the following as the minimum: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, viridian, permanent green light, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, and titantium white. If you are a beginner you can buy “student grade” paints. They’re fine and they are cheap. Otherwise, I would recommend either Rembrandt or Gamblin professional paint. They are good and not too expensive. As far as size of the tubes for one week, 37 ml are adequate while two large tubes, at least, of white – 180 ml each.


3) Palette knife
4) Vine charcoal
5) Brushes – This method requires flat filberts rounded tip, Utrecht # 2, 4 and 6. You can order them online at Their 209-F series is perfect. If you are buying a different brand, the #s may be different.
6) Canvases – Either canvas board or stretched canvas – bring whatever size you are comfortable with; just remember you will have to bring wet canvases back. I recommend bringing six to eight 12×16-inch canvases.
7) Rags to clean your brushes – Old towels are best; I recommend cutting them into 6×8-inch pieces.
8) Paint thinner – If you are driving, I would bring a solvent to clean your brushes. I recommend paint thinner. It is the cheapest. If you are flying, we will provide paint thinner. I use no medium.
9) Masking tape – A roll of masking tape, about inch wide, for packing wet canvases. I will explain my system when we meet.


This art store is located about 15 minutes by car/trolley from downtown St. Pete:

The Art Supply Store
2429 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL 33713

Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: 1pm – 5pm



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