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Class Materials Lists

Arranged by Artist-Instructor and class title. Contact the Registrar or instructor with questions. Also, be sure to check out our art supply resource options.

Michele Combs - Painting (all classes)

Painting (all classes)

Artist-Instructor: Michele Combs

  • Canvas Boards – Arches oil paper or inexpensive cotton duck boards – 6 of them 9″ x 12″ or 11″ x 14″. We will make one-inch squares. You may use canvas paper or another sturdy paper. I plan to use Arches oil paper. It comes 9″ x 12″ or 12″ x 16″. *If you want pre-made charts go to https://www.colorfrontier.com and order them for $100.00.
  • Ruler and Pencils
  • Tape – ¼ inch if you want a very exact look or just make squares with a pencil and paint them neatly.
  • Palette knife – bring 1 or 2 triangular shaped knifes or a thin one – to paint squares with.
  • Brushes – Bring a few stiff brushes in different sizes – ones good for painting squares. (I prefer using a knife but a brush can come in handy as well.)
  • Paper Towels
  • Palette – to mix paint on. For acrylics I recommend a palette with a sponge on the bottom, it helps keep the paint moist.
  • Paint
    We want to make charts for the paints you use most often. These are some basics I use regularly.

    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Lemon
    • Cadmium Yellow pale or light
    • Cadmium Yellow deep
    • Yellow Ochre Pale
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Red
    • Permanet Alizarin Crimson
    • Terra Rosa
    • Transparent Oxide Red (I use the Rembrandt brand) If you prefer you can use
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Cobalt Blue or Cobalt Blue Light
    • Ultramarine Blue
  • Oil – Turpenoid or Gamsol – (odorless turpentine) and a container to put it in. Metal can with clasps seem to work the best.
  • Acrylics – container for water
Fred Dingler - Painting with Gouache (Opaque Watercolors)

Painting with Gouache

Artist-Instructor: Fred Dingler

Gouache

The most popular and a very good brand of paint is Winsor and Newton Designers Gouache. There are other good brands on the market and we will cover that in class.

If you are new to gouache and to save money buy:

  • White
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Cadmium yellow
  • Burnt sienna

There is another type of gouache. Acryla Gouache made by Holbein. It is an acrylic polymer. To me a great substitute for regular acrylic paint. This paint is more opaque than acrylics. We will discuss this in class or if you want to try it then buy the same colors and supplies.

Other Supplies

  • Bring illustration board {Crescent}
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Palette to mix your colors
  • Bring supplies and photo reference of your choice to us as reference to paint from.
Eileen France - Pastel Landscape (NEED)

Pastel Landscape

Artist-Instructor: Eileen France

Catherine Hearding - Composition Confidence for Watercolor

Composition Confidence for Watercolor

Artist-Instructor: Catherine Hearding

  • 2B drawing pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Sketch book
  • Tape (artist’s or masking tape)
  • Permanent black marker
  • Ruler
  • Paper towels or rags
  • 2 containers for water
  • Palette (plastic or butcher’s tray enamel)
  • Small pump spray bottle
  • Students may bring photos or ideas that they wish to work with. It can be anything: floral, still life, landscape or even a non-objective design.
  • Professional Grade tube watercolors  – Good choices of brands include: Winsor Newton, Holbein, Daniel Smith, DaVinci, or M. Graham
    • Recommended Colors: These are colors that I work with, but you may have colors in your paint box that                            will work just fine. What you should have is a warm and cool version of the three primary colors.
      • Permanent Rose
      • Winsor Red or Pyrrol Red
      • Winsor Yellow, Hansa Yellow or Cadmium Yellow
      • Aureolin
      • Prussian Blue, Antwerp or Winsor Blue
      • Cobalt Blue
  • Brushes
    • 1″ or 2″ wash brush
    • #10 or #12 round watercolor brushes
  • Paper: Paper is your most important supply. Please purchase a professional grade paper, if at all possible. The resulting paintings will be far superior and the process less frustrating for you.
    • You can purchase individual sheets and cut to size:
      140# cold press watercolor paper. (Arches, Winsor Newton, Fabriano or Lanaquarelle)
    • OR purchase a Watercolor block (Arches, Fabriano, Lanaquarelle, or Winsor Newton) 9″ x 12″ size or larger works well.
  • If using sheet paper, please have a drawing board to tape your paper to.
Bryan Holland - Creative Collage and Mixed Media

Creative Collage and Mixed Media

Artist-Instructor: Bryan Holland

Please have the following materials for the first day. Other materials may be required over the
course.

  • Heavy weight paper or illustration/mat board
  • Scissors, utility knife or X-acto knife – for cutting paper and trimming, also bring replacement blades.
  • Small amount of primer or acrylic latex paint if desired
  • Brush assortment. Approx. 1 to 2 inch for applying acrylic medium.
  • Old credit card or similar plastic tool. For applying collage material.
  • Assortment of paper collage material (newspaper, photocopies (black and white OR color), laser print copies, tissue or wrapping paper, letters, maps, drawings, etc. NOTE: glossy and heavy weight paper can be difficult to work with, also, inkjet prints do not work well.)
  • A photo that is meaningful to you (can be a personal photo of a person, landscape, place, etc.). Make a copy of the photo and print it. Consider printing a few different sizes.
  • Photos, images, drawings, etc. These are reference images (not collage) for painting, drawing, etc., that will be used to finish project.
  • Painting supplies. Your preferred medium such as oil or acrylic, brushes, palette knifes,
    medium, cleaner, rags, etc.
  • Some drawing supplies. A small assortment of softer pencils such as 2B-6B, color pencils,
    paint markers, whatever you have available.
  • Sponge. An inexpensive, general purpose sponge.
  • NOTE that you will be provided with some acrylic medium, please bring an airtight container that will hold approx. 4-5 oz.

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES bring only if you have, don’t go out and purchase

  • Sandpaper (If you have an assortment of 80-200 grit, please bring, otherwise will try to make some available).
  • Stencils (decorative stencils, letters, etc.).
  • Spray paint (if desired for stencils).
  • Gloves (if you prefer to keep hands clean while working with acrylic medium, etc.)
  • Ruler/metal straight edge. For cutting paper if necessary.

A FEW THOUGHTS

The collage process can be inherently unpredictable, with a lot of trial and error. Sometimes everything goes as planned, sometimes the results are even cooler than you expected, and, you guessed it, sometimes things just doesn’t turn out at all, forcing you to start over or try something different. A sense of adventure, patience and willingness to experiment is essential.

ABOUT THE COURSE

During the course we will be exploring a variety of collage and image transfer techniques. Weekly demonstrations will be given, with time in class for students to work and receive help. Being that the class meets one time per week, students will have the time and opportunity to explore and experiment with many different techniques between class sessions.

QUESTIONS? Please feel free to shoot me an email at:
bholland@minnetonkaarts.org

Suzanne Hughes - Paper Mache Faux Taxidermy (NEED)

Paper Mache Faux Taxidermy

Artist-Instructor: Suzanne Hughes

Sonja Hutchinson - Beginning Watercolor (Core Class)

Beginning Watercolor (Core Class)

Artist-Instructor: Sonja Hutchinson

Materials supplied at first class

  • Arches 140 lb. cold press paper (quarter sheet)
  • Small Watercolor Paint Palette with cover
  • Mixing palette
  • Beginning paint supply (7 Winsor Newton professional grade paints) on palette
    • Cobalt Blue,
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Red
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Aureolin
    • Cadmium Yellow Pale
  • Sample brushes available for purchase at the front desk
    • 1″ Flat
    • #10 Round

Materials students are to bring to first class

  • Two water containers (8 oz or larger)
  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Small kitchen sponge
  • Pencil
  • Vinyl eraser
  • Small note/sketch pad

 

Sonja Hutchinson - Textural Accents in Watercolor

Textural Accents in Watercolor

Artist-Instructor: Sonja Hutchinson

Creating the textures and underpaintings in this workshop is messy.
Please wear old painting clothes and bring disposable gloves if you have them.

You will likely have most of these supplies on hand. However, the acrylic mediums used in this workshop may be new to you. Small amounts are needed and you can share these with friends if appropriate.

Papers

  • Two quarter sheets of 140# watercolor paper (11 x 15″ each)
    • I prefer Arches as it holds up well to these processes.
    • If you have paper on a watercolor block, that will work as well.
  • Paper towels, Kleenex or napkins
  • Old newspapers to protect work surfaces and for drying papers

Your regular watercolor paint/palette

Acrylic Mediums These items are found in the acrylics section at art and craft stores.

  • Matte Medium – you’ll need approximately 4 oz.
  • White gesso – 4 – 6 oz.

Brushes and mark making tools

  • Your regular painting brushes
  • One old  ½ – 1 inch brush you can use for mixing acrylic media and scrubbing
  • Sponges, scrapers, old credit cards, bubble wrap, rollers, stencils, stamps or other materials on hand.

Drawing Materials

  • Pencils for transferring you image/content to your painting surface
  • Tracing paper for placement planning

Containers

  • Gallon size plastic tub  (recycled ice cream buckets work well for this)
  • Wide mouth container with lid (deli containers work well)
  • Your regular watercolor containers
  • Mist Spray bottle

Your reference material

  • Four or more images you may want to incorporate into your textured surfaces
  • Contour drawings work well with this process
  • Sketches, themes or concepts to explore.

Miscellaneous

  • A support surface slightly larger than your paper
  • Ruler, scissors, masking tape
  • Enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.
Bonnie Lauber-Westover - Colored Pencil Studio

Colored Pencil Materials List

Artist-Instructor: Bonnie Lauber-Westover

  • 1 pack Prismacolor pencils — at least 24 colors
  • 1 14 X 17 sketchbook — NOT newsprint (white drawing paper)
  • White plastic eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • X-acto knife
  • Drawing board
  • Small can for liquids
  • Colorless marker (available where art supplies are sold)
  • 2 sheets of Arches Cover Stock paper
Laurie Lausen - Folk Art Rug Hooking

Folk Art Rug Hooking

Artist-Instructor: Laurie Lausen

Beginning students:

  • 12 inch to 14 inch quilt hoop
  • A small, sharp scissors
  • Beginning students will also need to purchase a starting kit for an additional $25 + tax

Experienced students:

  • Rug hooking tools
  • Pattern
  • Wool
  • And/or current project

 

Cheri Meyer - Peyote Stitch Bracelet (NEED)

Peyote Stitch Bracelet

Artist-Instructor: Cheri Meyer

Holly Nelson - Drawing Basics (Core Class)

Drawing Basics: A Friendly Approach

Artist-Instructor: Holly Nelson

You will find these supplies at ArtWorks in Excelsior (ask for student discount), Dick Blick, Wet Paint, and Michaels (go online and google “Michaels Coupons” and usually there is one available to print and take to the store with you). Hobby stores like Michaels don’t carry Coates charcoal as recommended. Their charcoal will only achieve a dark grey color and sometimes contains hard impurities which can make it frustrating to work with. Though if you must get your charcoal at Michaels, you’ll get by OK. Art supplies are also available online through Amazon (free shipping with Amazon Prime), Dick Blick, Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies, Pearls, Art Supply Warehouse, among others. Many online art suppliers will offer free shipping if you purchase over a certain dollar amount.

  • Tablet rough newsprint 18″ x 24″
  • Drawing board large enough for your newsprint with clips to hold your paper
  • Sketch book (9″ x 12″ or 11″ x 14″; wire bound on the side to open like a book)
  • Medium willow charcoal (Coates is a nice brand if your store carries it)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Pink pearl eraser
  • 6B charcoal pencil
  • 6B woodless pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Tape (for holding down newsprint)
  • Small soft cloth, chamois or paper towel (for blending charcoal)

Please bring these materials to the first day of class if possible. I will bring a few supplies if anyone is in a bind but won’t have enough for everyone. Looking forward to meeting you and having a great drawing experience together!

Holly Nelson - Intro to Painting (Core Class)

Intro to Painting (Core Class)

Artist-Instructor: Holly Nelson

  • Brushes – round & flat, medium sized (#6)
  • Acrylic or water-based oil paint in 8 oz. tubes (Liquitex, Golden, Windsor & Newton, others) Avoid “basics” or “student grade” if you can afford the better grade.
    • cadmium yellow medium
    • aliziran crimson
    • ultramarine blue
    • titanium white (large tube or get two small tubes)
    • mars black
    • cadmium orange
    • dioxazine purple
    • viridian green
  • Any kind of palette knife for mixing paint
  • Palette – “Stay-wet” palettes are useful to keep paint moist between sessions. This palette is a plastic box with lid, and a sponge inside. Get the large 12″ x 16″ size if you decide to go this route. An alternative is to get a roll of freezer paper or paper plates with a waxy coating from the grocery store. Some people use plastic ice cube trays and cover them with plastic wrap.
  • 8 painting surfaces – 11″ x 14″ (bring one to the first class). Any of the following are acceptable (don’t need to get anything fancy/expensive at this point)
    • stretched canvas
    • canvas boards
    • hard boards
    • canvasette (canvas paper)
  • Artist tape or masking tape
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Water container (fairly large, for rinsing brushes) Peanut butter jar size at a minimum.
  • Roll of paper towels or a rag
  • Paper & pencil for sketching and note-taking
  • Soap for washing brushes
  • Tote bag or some kind of way to carry everything (some people use a cardboard box for carrying home wet paintings)
  • Apron or old shirt to keep paint off your clothes
William Reynolds - Draw and Paint to Tell a Story (NEED)

Draw and Paint to Tell a Story

Artist-Instructor: William Reynolds

William Reynolds - Illumination Letterforms

Illumination Letterforms

Artist-Instructor: William Reynolds

Specifications

Size: Your choice. Dimensions can conform to what works best for your composition. This will be discussed and clarified in class. We will start with a sheet of 20″ x 30″ watercolor board or paper, or a 19″ x 25″ of colored paper (if you are using colored pencils). In either case, the board or paper can be trimmed later on, if necessary.

Required Materials

Choose watercolor or colored pencil or a combination of the two. You are free to choose your own specific materials for either media based on personal preference, By all means, use the brushes, paper & paints that you prefer. If you are not sure, I’ve listed suggestions (see * below) available through Dick Blick.com for paints, brushes, paper, pencils etc.

Basic materials list for all

  • Sketchbook or sketch paper
  • 2H, HB, (or your choice) pencils
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Masking or artist’s tape
  • Straight edge

If using watercolors

  • 20″ × 30″ watercolor board or 22” x 30” 300 lb. watercolor paper or your choice.*
  • Sable Watercolor brushes of your choice. I suggest a range from #1 round to #6 round, a flat brush for larger areas, if desired, plus any others of your choice.*
  • Plastic Tray(s) for mixing colors*
  • A range of Watercolor paint colors (tubes) Note: If unsure, Winsor Newton tubes are great, especially the “Winsor” colors such as “Winsor Red”
  • Scrap drawing or other paper for testing colors
  • Paper or cloth towels
  • Water container (reasonably large) for brush cleaning
  • Optional: Waterproof Higgins or Pelican Black india ink, steel pen nibs and holders, black fine point Sharpie pens

If using colored pencil

  • A range of individual colored pencils or a set (Prismacolor brand recommended).*
  • Canson Mi-Teintes Colored drawing paper, 19″ x 25″ (color optional). Keep in mind that the paper color you choose will ultimately be a dominant theme color in your piece. I suggest bringing a couple of options. Other colored paper brands are fine too – your choice.*

Provided by instructor

  •  Transfer paper.
  •  Layout paper (translucent, for preliminary drawings) or bring your own.
  •  Tracing paper (for preliminary drawings).
  •  Circle, ellipse templates.

*Suggested materials, available through Dick Blick.com
10005-1103 5114.6 Cold Press Watercolor board 20″ × 30″ $14.92
09334-1019 Cotman Watercolor Brushes Set B, Set of 4 $21.59
03068-1006 White Plastic Tray(s) 3-5/8″ × 5-1/4″ $0.57 ea.
Canson Mi-Teintes Colored drawing paper $1.79 ea.
20508-4809 Assorted Colors, Set of 48 $98.69

William Reynolds - Nature and Food Illustration (NEED)

Nature and Food Illustration

Artist-Instructor: William Reynolds

Ellen Richman - Abstract Painting

Abstract Painting

Artist-Instructor: Ellen Richman

  •  Blick Acrylic Paints (pint size):
    • Bright Red
    • Phalo Blue
    • Chrome Yellow
    • Titanium White
    • Ivory Black
  • Supplies:
    • Paper towels
    • Spray bottle
    • Freezer paper
    • Plastic container for water
    • Brushes in variety of sizes and shapes
    • Canvases (several)
Tracie Thompson - Draw and Paint from Photos

Draw and Paint from Photos

Artist-Instructor: Tracie Thompson

Some students will already have all or part of the supplies they need.

Students working in watercolor will use the same list as acrylic painters, but:

  • Replace the acrylic paints with a set of basic watercolors and a mixing tray/palette
  • Trade out the canvas for watercolor paper, watercolor board, or another wet media surface, at least 8″ x 10″

If you’d like to experiment with mixing media, you may bring pens, ink, crayons, etc.

Acrylic Paints

If you don’t already have acrylic paints, I recommend getting an artist grade or professional quality paint. I like Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics.

AVOID Liquitex Basics, Michael’s “Artist’s Loft,” or other super cheap “student” acrylics. The colors are weak and see-through. They will cause you a lot of frustration.

  • Alizarin Crimson Hue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Titanium White
  • Raw Sienna
  • Naphthol Red Light or Cadmium Red Light
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Hooker’s Green or Sap Green
  • Azo Yellow

Brushes

I prefer synthetic brushes for acrylics. White synthetics or Golden Taklon work equally well. The basic three you’ll need are:

  • One small (not tiny, but small, about #4 in most brands) round brush with a fine point.
  • One larger “flat” brush, about 3/4″ wide
  • One “filbert” brush, 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide

Other Supplies

  • One 8″ x 10″ canvas
  • One pastel pencil – I use CarbOthello or Pitt Pastel pencils. Look for a medium to light earth tone. CarbOthello #620, Burnt Ochre, or similar.
  • One eraser, either a kneaded eraser or white eraser.
  • Regular #2 pencil for sketching
  • Paper, your choice; 8″ x 10″ size or larger. For this class, plain 8 1/2″ x 11″ office paper will work fine if you don’t have a drawing pad.
  • One 12″ ruler
  • Photos you’d like to paint. If you have a desktop printer, I recommend printing your images on plain old typing/printer paper (not nice expensive photo paper) at around 8×10″ size; if you don’t have a printer, we can copy photos at the Art Center before class.
Tracie Thompson - Drawing and Painting Horses

Materials List for Animal Portraiture

Artist-Instructor: Tracie Thompson

Acrylic Paints

If you don’t already have acrylic paints, I recommend Blick Artist’s Acrylics or Utrecht artist’s grade. They cost about what “student grade” paints do but are better quality.

AVOID Liquitex Basics, Michael’s “Artist’s Loft,” or other super cheap “student” acrylics. The colors are weak and see-through. They will cause you a lot of frustration.

You’ll need:

  • Alizarin Crimson Hue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Titanium White
  • Raw Sienna
  • Naphthol Red Light or Cadmium Red Light
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Hooker’s Green or Sap Green
  • Azo Yellow

Brushes

I prefer synthetic brushes for acrylics. White synthetics or Golden Taklon work equally well. The basic three you’ll need are:

  • One small (not tiny, but small, about #4 in most brands) round brush with a fine point.
  • One larger “flat” brush, about 3/4″ wide
  • One “filbert” brush, 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide

Other Supplies

  • One pastel pencil – I use CarbOthello or Pitt Pastel pencils. Look for a medium to light earth tone. CarbOthello #620, Burnt Ochre, or similar.
  • One eraser – either a kneaded eraser or white eraser.
  • Regular #2 pencil for sketching
  • Paper, your choice; 8″ x 10″ size or larger. For this class, plain 8 1/2″ x 11″ office paper will work fine if you don’t have a drawing pad.
  • One 8″ x 10″ canvas
  • One 12″ ruler
  • Photos of the animal(s) you’d like to paint. If you have a desktop printer, I recommend printing your images on plain old typing/printer paper (not nice expensive photo paper) at around 8″ x 10″ size; if you don’t have a printer, we can copy photos at the Art Center before class.
James Turner - Fun with Yupo

Materials List for Fun with Yupo

Artist-Instructor: James Turner

Materials list:

Please bring your usual watercolor setup, including tube colors, pallet, brushes, etc.

Make sure you have at least one large (at least 1.5 or 2″ flat wash brush).

I recommend but do not require a set of Dr. PH. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors (available at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff). These are concentrated liquid watercolors that work wonderfully with YUPO.  They are a bit pricey but you get a lot of watercolor for the money, which can be used in more traditional ways as well.

Several 4″ foam rollers (available at hardware stores, cheap/disposable).

Any stamps, stencils, texturing tools, etc you have.  I will have some of these as well.

A large tube/tub of black and/or white gesso.  I will have some of this as well.

YUPO – Any size/wt OK.  I like Cheap Joe’s 74 lb 20″x26″ which costs about $2.50/sheet and will have some for sale at the workshop.*

*Note:  The Gesso is only for the Abstract workshop, and in relatively small amounts