Portraiture Workshop Supply List


Instructor: Judith Simonian

Supply list:

Model Fee - $30 payable to Judith Simonian


Pad of all-purpose sketch paper 16”x20” or larger (not newsprint)


Compressed charcoal (many different kinds. Bring whatever you have or what you think you would like to use)


White chalk pastel (1 stick)


Vine stick (willow) charcoal (thick or thin)


Kneaded eraser


Plastic or hard rubber eraser


Sharpeners: single edge razor blade or mat knife




1 roll masking or drafting tape


Rigid board with 4 bull clips to provide extra support for your drawing pad.  1/2” foam core is very lightweight and highly recommended


Black drawing ink


Chopsticks, twigs, pens to dip in ink


Brushes: $3 bamboo calligraphy brush at least ½” in diameter is highly recommended and any others you have on hand


Ruler or straight 12” stick


Pencils 3-6 B (softer than H series) or whatever you have

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