Acrylic Painting: An Introduction

Course #2000014
Jeff Tolbert

Model fee: $20

Materials for the FIRST class session:
Students only need to bring $20 model fee and note-taking material to the first class. The following list of supplies will be discussed during the first class.

Materials for subsequent classes:
paints:
acrylic paint (recommended brand: Golden Artist Color)
Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Yellow Medium or Deep
Cadmium Orange
Ultramarine Blue
Permanent Green
Dioxazine Purple
Mars Black
Titanium White

tools:
spray bottle
palette knife
variety of brushes (1/4" to 1" width; nylon bristles or natural depending on preference)
good quality 2” house painting brush (Purdy or Rockset or comparable quality brand)
stretched canvas or panel primed with acrylic gesso (16"-20" minimum size)
cups with sealable tops for mixing paint
two small water containers to clean out brushes (1-2 quart)
paper towels (Bounty is the best brand)
4' x 5' piece of plastic
masking tape
pad of Bristol paper, 9"x12" optional
newsprint pad 18"x24" or bigger

Suggested Art Supply Stores:
New York Central Art Supply—3rd Ave. between 10th and 11th Streets
Utrecht—111 East 4th Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets
Pearl Paint—308 Canal Street

Some of these stores will give you a student discount if you present your Cooper Union Continuing Education registration receipt.

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