PAINTING THE PORTRAIT
April 07, 2020
Basic figure drawing and painting experience
Feel free to improvise upon this list of recommended materials. All painting materials can be found at Opus Art Supplies. Similar products from other stores are welcome. Please bring Scott’s paper towel found at Canadian Tire/ Home Depot (see below). Remember to dress appropriately for a painting class.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Easels, glass palettes, side tables, chairs & stools, in-class containers for your liquids, and saran wrap.
You’re welcome to use stretched canvas or canvas board. Panels are welcome, but Justin prefers to teach and work on canvas. Listed below are optional sizes, depending if you like to work small or large.
• 2 Canvases: 11 x 14 inches or 16 x 20 inches
• 1 canvas only is needed for 1st class
Grey Backgrounds: Using Ivory Black + Titanium White, tint each canvas with a 30-40% grey, similar to below (lighter than mid-tone grey). Acrylics are recommended for this step, although oils are welcome. When acrylics dry, they become darker, so remember to compensate for this. Bring to class 100% dry.
Titanium White/ Ivory Black/ Burnt Sienna (Gamblin)/ Cadmium Red Light or Medium/ Alizarin Crimson Red (permanent) / Yellow Ochre/ Cadmium Orange / Cadmium Yellow Light or Medium/ Ultramarine or Cobalt Blue/ Dioxazine Purple/ Viridian Green / Burnt Umber
• Optional Gamblin: Radiant Blue/ Transparent Earth Red/ Cadmium Green
• Optional (any brand): Venetian Red/ Raw Umber/ Indian Yellow/ Chromium Oxide Green/ Cadmium Green Pale (Winsor &Newton)/ Ivory Black
• Artist grade paints are recommended vs. student grade.
Oils: Linseed Oil + OMS (Odourless Mineral Spirits)
• Mix 50/50 into a glass jar with lid. Bring to class already pre-mixed!
• Bring additional OMS for brush cleaning.
• Bring 1 extra glass jar + lid to store and bring home your excess dirty OMS. Painting the Portrait (6-Classes)
• Do not bring turpentine/scented solvents! Acrylics: If using acrylics, bring a spray water bottle to keep paint wet.
• Optional: ‘Acrylic Retarder’ to extend drying time
• Or use ‘Open Acrylics’ from Golden, which stay wet for 24 hours
Please bring a range of shapes & sizes. The more the merrier. Justin likes to use:
• Bristle Filbert: sizes 4 and 6 (two of each)
• Bristle Bright or Flat: size 10 or 12
• Synthetic Angles: sizes ¼” or ½”
• Synthetic Rounds: sizes 1 or 2 PALETTE Oils: If using oils, a glass is palette is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. Acrylics: If using acrylics, it is recommended that you use a Sta-Wet palette (no smaller than 16” x 12”), or a glass palette supplied by the school.
Liquitex ‘Small Painting Knife’ #8
PAPER TOWEL & RAGS
Scott’s Shop Towels (blue or white), found at Canadian Tire/ Home Depot.
• PLEASE BRING TO CLASS!
• Do not bring ‘regular’ white paper towel
While Painting: Latex or ‘Guerilla’ gardening gloves
(optional) Brush Cleaning: Latex or heavier grade ‘kitchen’ rubber gloves
• Mahl stick
• Paint razor scraper (to clean palette)
• Master’s Brush Cleaner for cleaning your brushes
• Murphy’s Oil Soap for cleaning your brushes