Come and explore the many techniques of this expressive and portable medium. Beginners will work on drawing skills, making and layering colors to create paintings that glow. More advanced painters will expand their repertoire to include varied surfaces and special effects. We will work from a wide variety of subjects.
- Plastic palette
- Paper towels
- Water container
- 2B or 4B pencil
- Rubber kneaded eraser
- Removable artist tape
- Support Board
Watercolor 5 ml. tube paints: If you can, buy Windsor Newton. Its better to have fewer colors and quality paint. Note: no black or white needed!
- Lemon Yellow (cool)
- Aureolin Yellow (transparent, medium yellow)
- New Gamboge (warm) (optional)
- Yellow Ochre
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Cadmium Red
- Alizarin Crimson
- Rose Madder Genuine or Permanent Rose
- Windsor Violet (optional)
- French Ultramarine Blue
- Cerulean Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- Manganese Blue (optional)
- Viridian Green
- Sap Green
- Brushes: Size 5, 8, and 10 or 12 round for watercolor (synthetic bristle, like Golden Fleece brand) You may eventually want a natural soft squirrel brush like the Isabey (expensive!), and some flats but these are optional!
- Papers: Watercolor paper comes in HP (hot press), CP (cold press) and Rough surface textures – 90lb., 140lb., 300lb. and sometimes 200lb weights. Many painters use 140lb cold press. Larger work may need 200lb or 300lb weight. Good brands: Montval, Waterford, Windsor Newton, Saunders, Arches, Fabriano, and Lanaquarelle, but try any type. Most sell by the sheet, pad or block. It’s good to have one portable sized block of paper, but in general, buy full sheets and cut them down yourself.
- Other handy stuff: Old tooth brush, masking fluid, old oil brushes, scratching tool, kosher salt, white crayon or wax, natural sponge, water-soluble colored pencils.
Visual Arts Policies
Teen Students enrolled in Adult Classes: Students under 18 yrs of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian to attend any class which uses a nude life model. To download the model consent form, click here. The Art Center also reserves the right to substitute life & portrait models for any reason.
Material Lists: Before purchasing supplies for a class, please confirm your class status with the office, (see minimum enrollment & registration policies).
Pertaining to Drawing & Painting for Grades 1&2 and Grades 3-5: Art Sets are for sale at KAC and include all the supplies listed and a tote bag to transport them each week. Artwork in progress may be stored at the art center at your own risk, we are not responsible for any artwork that is left in the studio.. If you wish to order a complete Art Set you must pre-order & pre-pay through the office, to have the supplies ready for the first class. If a student runs out of supplies during a class, the teacher (with your authorization) can provide supplies and an account will be created. Students may begin with one form of media (ie. Pastel)-these materials are also available for purchase at the art center. Drawing materials such as pencils, paper and erasers are provided for all students.
- No food is to be eaten inside the studio.
- No spray paints or fixatives to be used inside... outside only.
- No painting rags allowed or left inside studio.
- Easels, stools, and tables must be left as clean as possible.
Solvent Use: Only the following solvents are allowed at KAC:
- Any odorless thinners such as Turpenoid, Best Klean or an approved generic version. Lavender oil is also acceptable.
Oil Medium Use: Only the following oil paint mediums are allowed at KAC:
- One of the natural oil products, including walnut oil and poppy seed oil, linseed oil, stand oil, Gamblin & Daniel Smith Alkyd mediums, and liquin.
- DO NOT leave glass/metal containers of solvent or medium in KAC trash cans, or dump any amount down any sink at KAC, including studios and bathrooms.
- Your container of used solvent must be brought home in your jar.
- All unused amounts must be properly stored in clearly labeled containers to be recycled/disposed of during Hazardous Products Collection days in your own municipality.
- Cleaning of brushes used in oil painting should be done using the green lava soap or dish soap available in the studio. Baby oil or Murphy's oil soap can also be used.