Bring the following materialsHere is a list of painting equipment to bring:
Note on plane travel:
There is no problem bringing any of these materials on the plane, except turpentine (see note at the bottom on this). If you are asked about the colors, always refer to them as oil colors (do not refer to them as paint). Then you will have no problem. Bring a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet for any materials you bring on the plane and keep it with the materials.
Colors to bring
You only need one small tube of each color, but two big tubes of white.
- Cadmium lemon or cadmium yellow light
- Cadmium red light
- Alizarin crimson
- Ultramarine blue
- Dioxazine Purple
- Cerulean blue or Phthalo Blue
- Viridian green
- Burnt Umber
- Titanium white (oil, acrylic, or alkyd).
Medium and thinner
Bring an alkyd quick drying medium if you want to take paintings home. Otherwise whatever medium you usually use that works well with your brand of paints.
Natural bristle (hogs hair for oils or acrylics). Use a mix of filbert and flats (not brights). Filberts and flats have long bristles. Brights on the other had have short bristles. I do not have any particular brand that I recommend, but check they have strong ferrules. Bring brushes in the following width of the bristles (size indicated is approximate as different brands have different widths). You can bring more if you wish.
- one brush 0.7 cm wide (size 3)
- two brushes 1.0 cm wide (size 5)
- two brushes 1.5 cm wide (size 8)
- two brushes 2-2.5 cm wide (size 10-12)
- brush cleaner (if you can find it, bring Brush Flush since it is safe to bring on the plane.
- brush cleaning pot to put the vegetable oil in to clean your brushes
- paper towels (you can buy them in Italy too)
- bring a roll of trash (rubbish) bags for paper towels.
You cannot bring turpentine or mineral spirits of course on the plane, but you do not need it. There is one exception and that is you can bring Gamsol on the plane because it has a flash point above the minimum level allowed by the airlines (check with the Gamblin website). I use olive oil (or any vegetable oil) to clean my brushes when travelling and it works quite well. You can bring a small plastic bottle with some oil in it, or buy some when you get here.
- a viewfinder (a piece of card with a 2” by 1.5” rectangular hole cut in it)
- notebook & pen or pencil for making notes
- Tombow brush pens N65 ( a middle value cool gray 5), Tombow N75 (a light value cool gray 3), and Tombow N15 (a pure black), or Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen B232 (a middle value cool gray 5), Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen B272 (a light value cool gray 3), Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen B199 (a pure black). The light gray pens are optional, we generally only use the middle value pens for beginner students.
- Strathmore Drawing 400 Series medium 80lb 4”X 6” sketchbook.
- Bring a photograph (paper form) of two to six of your paintings to share on the first day. For each painting, bring both a color photograph and a black and white photograph. (If you have not painted much before, you do not need to bring any photos).
- I suggest you also bring a print out of Process Unit 1 - Alla Prima Painting or Process Unit 2 - Watercolor Step-by-Step. This will be a useful checklist for later on in the week. It is in part of the first year Apprentice Program curriculum, in Workshop D part 3. If you get a message saying you have not yet reached that workshop, just accelerate your program to Workshop D part 3.
Loose pieces of linen or canvas is the most portable and lightweight. Bring a board and some masking tape so you can tape the canvas to the board. You can pre-cut some of the canvas to the following sizes:
- morning painting sessions: three small painting surfaces for each morning of the workshop 6"x8 (15X20cm), 8X10" (20X25cm) , or 9x12" (23X30cm) (see the course unit on Getting Organized Outdoors for details of how to make lightweight painting surfaces)
- (afternoon painting sessions) you may stick with one or two of the same sized panels as the morning sessions, or use one or two additional medium sized panels in the afternoon: either 11x14" (28X36cm), or 12x16" (30X40cm)
Twelve 11”x14” gatorboard or thin mdf boards to tape your linen to, and cut the linen so you can tape it to the board. You can then use masking tape to reduce the size to whatever size you are painting.
A roll of masking tape to attach your linen to the board or to reduce the size of panel you are painting on.
Anything you can work outside with comfortably that is not too heavy yet will not blow away in the wind.
- easel, or tripod and pochade. Avoid the tripod easels that force you to hold your palette in your hand. These are no good!
- palette (the larger the palette the better)
Note: For the workshops I run from my studio in Italy I have a very limited number of easels available for rent for 35 euros for the week. This is to save you bringing your own on the plane. Please let me know if you want me to reserve you one.