Painting: From the Idea to the Essential Image

Course #2000016
Christopher Zacharow

Required materials for the FIRST class session:
sketching paper and pencils

For subsequent classes:
ARTIST'S COLORS - NON-TOXIC, WATER-SOLUBLE OILS (Grumbacher-Max2 or Windsor& Newton Artisan) or ACRYLIC (Golden Acrylic, Utrect)

Titanium White
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Permanent Rose
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Dioxazine Purple
Phthalo Blue
Phthalo Green
Prussian Blue
French Ultramarine
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Ivory Black
Cadmium Orange
Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Blue
Indian Red
Sap Green
Payne's Gray

Chinese Interlocking White Hog Bristle - # 2, 4, 8, 12 Brights and # 3, 4 Round

disposable paper palette, 16" x 12"
50 sheets - Utrecht Art Supply; OR 16" X 20", NY Central Art Supply

pre-stretched, medium textured cotton duck
acrylic primed for oil or acrylic painting

drawing paper:
Pearl, Utrecht, or Strathmore drawing pad, 9" x 12" or 11" x 14"

bristol pad:
9" x 12"

Suggested Art Supply Stores:
New York Central Art Supply—3rd Ave. between 10th + 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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