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Thompson, Tracie – Draw and Paint from Photos

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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.
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June 1, 2019

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