Drawing for Painters: Course Materials

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Drawing Implements:

  • 3 4B pencils
  • 1 HB pencil
  • 1 piece of chalk or soft conte; sanguine colour
  • 1 piece of chalk; white colour (children’s chalk is fine)
  • 1 piece of willow charcoal
  • 1 black Sharpie; fine tip
  • 1 black Sharpie; extra fine tip
  • White reusable putty e.g., Sticky Tac or Hold It. This is your eraser. (The stores sell it for putting posters onto the wall.)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil sharpener

For Adding Colour:

  • JUST ONE of the following, in at least the 3 primary colours (red, yellow, blue):
    • Watercolour paint
    • Acrylic paint (fluid is best, but any kind can work)
    • Inks
    • Coloured pencils (optional)*
    • Pastels (optional)*
  • If using paint or ink, you will also need:
    • Brushes (suggested: square brush ½ – ¾ inch)

*Coloured pencils and pastels are optional as they will require some improvisation for Week 9: Line & Wash because they do not flow.

Drawing Surfaces:

  • Lots of scrap paper for practice (No need for a fancy sketchbook. The back of used computer paper is fine or buy a cheap paper pad at least 8” x 11”.)
  • 6 sheets of black construction paper (inexpensive pack at craft/dollar store)
  • 1 sheet of pastel paper; medium gray colour
  • 1 sheet of pastel paper; medium brown colour
  • Optional if choosing paint: small pad of watercolour paper 9” x 12” (hot pressed if available, but cold pressed will work too)
  • Very optional: a sketchbook at least 8.5” x 11”

Subjects (Week 3 only):

  • Apple (Week 3: Wednesday assignment)
  • Sweet pepper or pear (Week 3: Thursday assignment)


  • Some kind of timer (watch, phone app, kitchen, etc.)
  • Some kind of camera (point-and-shoot, phone, etc.)

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