Class Supply List

PAPF - Beginning Figure Painting - Nicholas Mancini


The best quality/cheap brands of oil paints are Winsor & Newton 'Artists' Oils' (do not buy student grade 'Winton') and Gamblin 'Artist' Oils' (do not by Gamblin '1980'). If you feel like exploring other brands I recommend Williamsburg, Sennelier, and Old Holland.

150-200 ml tube:

Titanium white

37-40 ml tubes:

Ivory Black

Cadmium Yellow (Medium if Gamblin)

Winsor Lemon

Cadmium Red (or Bright Red, cheaper)

Alizarin Crimson

French Ultramarine

Cobalt or Cerulean

You will also need the following materials:

  • 1 wooden or disposable palette to mix paint on (freezer paper works well)
  • Painting supports (surfaces to paint on). I recommend a 12 by 18 pad of Arches oil paper or Canson Canvapaper. These materials are versatile and can be great for process work and experimentation. Other materials such as prepared canvas or panel of a comparable size are great too, and we will discuss a variety of different painting surfaces in class for future experimentation.
  • 1 roll of masking tape
  • Paper towels or painting rags
  • 1 small sealable container for painting medium
  • painting medium: this can be either walnut oil or a 50/50 combination of linseed oil and Gamsol
  • At least 1 good quality drop-handled palette knife
  • A variety of brushes: at least 2 #8 or larger, and at least 2 smaller than an 8.
  • 1 plastic viewfinder called a Viewcatcher
  • a small sketchbook, pencil/pen

*A word about solvents: It is not required that you paint with solvents, but if you choose to Gamsol is the only solvent that can be safely used in our painting room. We do have excellent ventilation, but we must still be careful to minimize the potentially harmful effects of vapors. We will discuss this at length on our first day. Other paint suggestions: Prussian Blue, Emerald Green, Venetian Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Purple Madder, Hansa/Lemon Yellow, Phthalo Turquoise.