Portraiture Workshop Supply List


Please bring cash or check payable to the instructor to your FIRST CLASS SESSION. 


*This fee does not cover the cost of materials listed below. 


Materials for the FIRST class session:

• pad of all-purpose sketch paper 16" x 20" or larger (not newsprint)

• compressed charcoal (Many different kinds. Bring whatever you have or what you think you would like to use)

• vine stick charcoal (thick or thin)

• kneaded eraser

• plastic or hard rubber eraser

• sharpeners: single edge razor blade or mat knife, sandpaper

• 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


Materials for subsequent classes:

·      black waterproof drawing ink

• Brushes: $3.00 bamboo calligraphy brush at least 1/2" in diameter is highly recommended or any others you have on hand.

• chalk pastel, white and two complimentary colors, such as blue and orange or red and green, yellow and purple

• charcoal paper—one sheet of black and one of a middle value such as gray or beige (or purchase a pad of neutral colored charcoal paper)

• pencils (4B and any other pencils that you have)

• sharpeners: small pencil sharpener, single edge razor blade or mat knife, sandpaper




Suggested Art Supply Stores:

Dick Blick, 1-5 Bond Street, 212-533-2444

New York Central 62 3rd Ave. 212-473-7705


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


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