Painting Techniques & Materials

Giovanni Vanni

Required materials for the FIRST class:
1 large brush (3”)
notebook (any size)
tracing paper
other supplies:
1 can of priming acrylic gesso
1 heavy duty stretcher of preferred size
3 plywood panels  ( 8” x 10”)
1 unprepared cotton duck canvas, 4” bigger than the chosen stretcher
stapler and staples
1 stretching plier
1 box of metallic pushpins

Suggested Art Supply Stores:
Pearl Paint—308 Canal Street, 212-431-7932
New York Central Art Supply—62 3rd Ave. between 10th and 11th Streets
Utrecht—111 East 4th Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets
Blick — 1-5 Bond 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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