Creating Expressive Art in all Mediums

Date: Every Wednesday between Jul 11 and Aug 15 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
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Have fun painting or drawing.  Discover what excites you.  Bring whatever art materials you prefer or would like to learn.  Whether you paint still lifes, landscapes, figures, or portraits...whether you use oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, or drawing, come join our supportive group.  Good design, strong values, color harmony, and confident mark making/brush work make good artword.  Let go of self-criticism and make new discoveries.

Reference Images or Objects:

Please bring your own original reference photos.  Simple images with strong lights and shadows are good place to start.  You can work from an iPad or laptop or photoprints.  Bring images that excite you.

Alternatively, there are some still life objets available, or bring in some of your favorites.


Please bring materials you are comfortable with or want to try out. WE WILL BE DOING SOME EXPERIMENTING.


Reference photos. Bring photos that inspire you. Best when shot early or late in the day with strong light and shadows. You can also bring in objects to paint from life.

* Small Sketchpad for thumbnail sketching. Toned paper is great.

* Pencils (2B & 2H) Optional white pencil if sketching on toned pad. 

* Vine charcoal 

* Kneaded eraser

* Bulldog clip (or large binder clip) for holding up a reference photo.

* Paper Towels, ( Viva is best) 

* Wet wipes - for cleaning hands

* Optional Artists Pocket Color Wheel 

* Optional Artists Gray Scale & Value Finder 

* Container for water or rubbing alcohol. Old yoghurt containers are great.


* Soft Pastels - Bring a large variety of colors. A 60 piece set is appropriate. Terry Ludwig, Great American, Schminke, Blue Earth, Unison, Sennelier, Girault, etc. Please remove the wrappers.

* Hard NuPastels - A small selection of 12-24. 

* Sanded paper for wet or dry application: UART Papers and UART Premium Mounted Boards (400-500 GRIT)

* Sanded pastel paper scraps for quick color studies. Smallish sizes around 4x6” or 5x7" work great.

* Backing board - slightly larger then paper size (foam board, gatorboard, chipboard, drawing board)

* Rubbing alcohol. I like 70%

* Soft watercolor brushes, size 10 flat and 1"

* Artists Tape 1” - (white or black)

* Optional blending Tools - Use depending on your preference. Tortillons, stumps, brushes, rubber blending tools

* Optional Single edge razor blade  - for sharpening hard pastels to a point

* Glassine or tracing paper to protect pastel painting


Oil painters may continue to use the palette of colors they are familiar and comfortable with. 

* My preferred canvas - Classeins #13 double oil-primed portrait linen. I love it mounted on panel as well. SourceTek canvas panels are very nice.

* Painting medium - is up to you. It is not necessary to use a medium. I often use a medium composed of 1 part stand oil to 5 parts mineral spirits. I also like to use walnut oil as an alternate to stand oil. It’s very clean and smooth with a slow drying time. No turpentine please.

* My Brushes - I use Bristle filberts of all sizes. Silverbush grand prix is very good. Rosemary Brushes also makes a wonderful product.  The long-haired filberts are nice too. I use long filberts and flats made of soft mongoose or sable. One or two small Sable rounds for details are very helpful. One Bristle fan brush for knocking down reflection/glare.

* Palette knives - are very nice both for painting and scraping out unwanted paint. I use italian painting knives in the long diamond shape, a variety of sizes. The small ones are excellent. 

* Other - Mineral Spirits


• naphthol red 
• phthalo blue 
• azo yellow
• phthalo green 
• burnt umber 
• Payne’s grey 

Or a set of watercolor pans as these are very convenient.

* large and medium round brush (that comes to a sharp point for painting detail), say a size 4 and 10, also a large flat brush for painting in large areas of color. And a small, stiff-haired, flat brush for correcting mistakes..

* To prevent watercolor paper from buckling as you paint on it, use some gummed brown tape and stretch it on a board.

*Watercolor paper comes in three difference finishes: rough, hot-pressed or HP (smooth), and cold-pressed or NOT (semi-smooth). Try all three to see which you prefer. You can use a block pad too.

* Container for water or rubbing alcohol. Old yoghurt containers are great.



 If you have any questions, email jorysm@sprintmail or call 781-293-7009

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