This class is ideal for anyone who has ever wanted to try the pastel medium or for more advanced pastel artists. Methods to capture mood, color, atmosphere and light in pastels with emphasis on value, composition, atmo- spheric perspective, simultaneous contrast and mark making will be covered.
Classes will include a short introduction about pastels and materials, followed by demonstrations of a still life or landscape subject that includes doing an underpainting.
Individual instruction at your easel. All levels are welcome.
PASTEL SUPPLY LIST
For beginners a box of Creatacolor pastel sticks (very hard) or the largest portable box of Rembrandt half stick pastels are the best choice (from Jerrysartarama.com or dickblick.com) SCHMINCKE, SENNELIER, UNISON, GREAT AMERICAN and TERRY LUDWIG are also good choices for more advanced pastel artists.
NO OIL PASTELS. NO ALPHA PASTELS. NO LOEW CORNELL PASTELS.
Canson Mi-Tientes - Felt grey, steel grey or any other neutral color - cut in half or quarters. No larger than 11x14.
For more advanced pastelists:
Sanded paper like Uart, Ampersand Pastelbord, Art Spectrum Colourfix, Pastel Premier, Pastelmat. All available through online: Jerrysartarama, Dick Blick, Dakota Pastels (for pastel premier sanded paper, Dakota is the only place to get this paper)
A smooth drawing board or surface to attach the paper to, MASONITE hardboard or GATOR-BOARD works well. Foamcore works also and is lightweight but can bend easily.
Tape to attach paper (masking tape or drafting tape, not blue painters tape), Sketchbook/Notebook, soft Vine Charcoal or pastel pencils, Paper Towels, Chamois, kneaded eraser, hand wipes. Optional: latex gloves or Gloves in a Bottle (hand cream)
OPTIONAL: old Bristle Brushes, Rubbing Alcohol or Odorless Mineral Spirits or Turpenoid (in the blue and white can), small metal cup to hold solvent - for underpainting,
Email me with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
The class material list provided is an abbreviated list, one which will be developed further as the student grows.
Pencils- Grades 2H through 6B .
Paper, pad, 18 x 24- Any good brand, any good paper.
Round 4 Round 8 Round 12 Round 14
Come primarily with a good sketchbook and drawing materials to work on ideas and take notes. If experienced, bring own materials.
For beginners, bring sketchbook, good dark pencils or charcoal, kneaded eraser, and almost any color medium (even crayons). For those with specific ideas or projects in mind, he will be happy to work on them with you, just email him ahead of time.
Palette: prefer hard palette. If you have a wooden one, give it a coat of shellac or something before using it so the oil does not stick; plexiglass is also okay, doesn't need priming.
Brushes: Prefers Robert Simmond Signet Seried EGBERTS (a longer version of FILBERTS), in sizes ranging from #2 to #8 (you might need to go to Amazon for these; Blick's brush department is going downhill). FILBERTS are okay if you can't find Egberts. recommend a good, natural Chinese bristle one-inch house painting brush, obtainable in a hardware or paint store. ESCODA #2 at Blick is excellent, #4 or #6 round sable can be useful. The tiny, cheap sable brushes are practically useless.
Paint: Senneliers, Holbein, Gamblin, and Grumbacher Pre-Tested, roughly in that order. Old Holland paints are extremely high quality and intense color, bit pricey. You really only need black, white, grey, naples yellow, indian red, ultramarine blue, or course not limited to these.
Zinc White, or Titanium-Zinc White
Naples Yellow (he likes Maimeri Naples Yellow Dark)
Cadmium red, Deep
Ultramarine Blue Deep
Optional- Cerulean, Alzarin, Virdian, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Orange.
Gray Matters 50 sheet paper palette by Richeson or regular wooden or plastic palette
Small bottle of Liquin 75ml
8 or 16 oz Gamsol (if you can’t get Gamsol get an odorless turpentine or turpentine substitute from MIchaels.)
2-Medium cups(no lids)
11 x 14 canvas panels. First we'll practice and play, then you will be shown the value of good canvas.
3-5 oil painting brushes ( small (size 4-6 filbert, flat size 6-8, filbert, #9 (about the size of your pointer finger).
If you have art supplies, bring what you have.
Canvas: I recommend the Raymar painting panels, single primed linen on panel. See raymar.com, or more specifically http://www.raymarart.com/Single-Primed-Linen-Plein- Air-Painting-Panels-s/1.htm. Some students like to team together, to buy a group of pan- els, which saves on cost. A good average panel size, for any painting, is 18” x 24”
Paint Tube Size
Light Red (not Bright red, not Cadmium Red Light)
Yellow Ochre or Roman Ochre
**Larger tubes of whites and blacks should be purchased
Filbert, sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 20 (more or fewer as needed)
Utrecht offers several good brands. Re- member, you get what you pay for!
Filbert, sizes 00, 2, 4, 6, 8, 16 (more or fewer as needed)
Again, several decent brands out there. I like the Renaissance brushes, and Silver, and Richter.
New York Art Central is very good- touch them gently with your own hands, to determine quality
The following painting items are all available on Utrecht:
- Palette- a varnished, wooden palette is preferable, found on Utrecht. I prefer a palette from Zecchi.
- Paper Towel roll
- Odorless turpentine
- Regular turpentine (artists turp, not hardware store!)
- Sun thickened linseed oil
- A couple small jars, such as baby jars, for storage
- Roll of artist tape
Basic palette: Suggested only. Gamblin paints;
Titanium White - Portland Grey Light - Payne’s Grey - Raw Umber - Ultramarine Blue
Sap Green - Yellow Ochre - Permanent Orange - Cadmium Yellow Light - Napthol Red
A selection of bristle and/or natural hair brushes, sizes ranging from small to large.
Some synthetic brushes work well.
Suggested brush profiles: filberts, flats, brights and rounds.
Painting Medium: Painting Medium (Liquin is my medium)
Brush Cleaner: Mineral Spirits, turpentine, paint thinner or other brush cleaner.
Panels using linen, cotton duck, or polyflex.
Sizes: 8” x 10” for those relatively new to painting, larger sizes for more advanced painters
(11” x 14”, 12” x 16” or thereabouts)
Sketch pad and pencils
Photos to work from
Other mediums are welcome though instructor’s experience is limited to oil (and pastel)