Materials Lists

Not every class requires a full palette so before each class, students will receive a Materials List and Reading List which are specific for that class.
The palette is divided into two sections-the opaque colors  and the transparent or semi-transparent colors, although there is some cross over (e.g. ivory black and ultramarine are transparent).  Colors that are specifically formulated as transparent are preferred for glazing because they retain their intensity better than opaque colors which are made transparent by diluting with medium.  Gamblin has developed a line of modern mineral based pigments which gives the contemporary artist a much broader range of colors to work with.
The Vasari Shale is the pigment used for transparent underpaintings, sometimes mixed with Transparent Earth Yellow (TEY) made by Gamblin. It is also the workhorse dark on the palette. Vasari paints are expensive so you may or may not want to purchase them (but they are excellent quality). A less expensive alternative to Shale is a mixture of sap green and alizarin crimson, or ultramarine and burnt sienna.
Liquin is the medium used for general painting as well as glazing. Oleogel by Natural Pigments is another choice. Most any painting medium that helps increase paint flow will work. Turp or Gamsol will not ( Gamsol-  only for cleaning brushes).  Galkyd Gel is used to retain brushstrokes and create a glaze impasto.
Basic Palette
Gamlin Flake White Replacement
Gamblin Naples Yellow
Gamblin Indathrone Blue
Gamblin Chromatic Black
Gamblin Viridian
Vasari Shale
Vasari Bluff
Raw Umber
Williamsburg Neutral Greys #s 2,4,6 and 8

Other Useful Modifiers
Gamblin Warm White & Titanium Buff

Transparent Colors (all Gamblin)=the *** paints used the most

Indian Yellow ***
Gamblin Hansa Yellow Light (semi transparent) ***
Sap Green ***
Viridian ***
Olive green ***
Burnt Sienna ***
Transparent Yellow Earth ***
Transparent Red Earth
Transparent Orange Earth
Indanthrone Blue ***
Brown Pink ***
Chromatic Black
Gold Ochre
Terra Verte ***

Transparent Pigments made by Vasari
Terra Verte Ancienne
Terra Verte Brentonico
Terra Verte Nicosia

Transparent brown oxide

Brushes & Tools
Masters Choice flats and filberts-Rosemary & Co. Rosemary & Co.
Rosemary Ivory synthetic bristle.

Robert Simmons Blue Sapphire watercolor brushes- One stroke (for glazing)
Palette/painting knives

Lint free rags and Viva paper towels
Galkyd Gel


#359 medium texture Alkyd primed linen (New Traditions Art Panels)
ACM panels primed with Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground

Basic Drawing Materials

Graphite pencils- 2H to 9B
Vine Charcoal- medium and soft
General’s charcoal pencils including white charcoal pencils
Pink Pearl erasers
Kneaded erasers
Tombow Mono eraser

Sandpaper paddle for sharpening (or just sandpaper will do fine)


Use a good quality drawing paper- the surface does make a difference!

For charcoal- Strathmore makes pads which are a good choice;
Individual sheets of Strathmore 500
Handmade papers available from Twinrocker, Ruscombe Mill
Canson Mi-teintes, Somerset

Toned paper for charcoal- Strathmore Toned Tan is a good economical choice.