Dan Wiemer: Class supplies list

Many people already have many supplies that are fine. Bring those; you can impress your neighbors and your teacher.

I am going to list a group of very traditional colors that people should at least have in their palettes. If you have others you enjoy working with that’s fine, bring them.

Cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, raw sienna, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson (or permanent rose)
Sap green, viridian and paynes gray that I often use for value studies. You may have some wonderful new colors to show me!

It is easier for watercolor artists to have the paints already squeezed into and dried in a plastic palette.
Several tubes of acrylic paints in various colors and a small bottle of acrylic matte media.

Three or four brushes are really all I use-- a one inch square, a medium round and a smaller round rigger-like brush for small marks. (I try to keep the larger brush in my hand as long as possible during a painting) Again bring what you have. You probably already have your favorites. Synthetic brushes work just fine.

Sheets or blocks are fine, just make sure it is 100% rag (cotton) No student-grade paper for your sake and mine. Student grade paper leads to more frustration and pain than the money you save. There are many fine rag papers. I recommend 140# Arches cold pressed for things smaller than 11x15 and 300# for larger formats. (Many artists paint larger than they can handle, so bringing just 140# will be just fine.) Crossings does have some for sale, if you are in need.

Bring a pencil, sketchpad or copy paper. A pad of tracing paper, soft eraser (magicrub) or something like a white eraser. a thick sharpie marker. Clear water container. Roll of paper towels. Board or piece of masonite to tape down loose paper. Masking tape. Thinking cap (you can use masking tape to keep secure.)

Masking fluid and liquid hand soap will be needed, so bring it if you have. If not, we’ll have some here for you.

Bring some reference photos that you might be interested in exploring and some paintings that you are struggling with and would like a constructive critique. (We all learn from each other, including the teacher)

We all have different setup areas when we paint, bring whatever makes you work comfortably.

If you have any questions about supplies or the workshop or class don’t hesitate to call or email me
651-388-8047 wiemer@charter dot net Thanks - Dan Wiemer