This is a general recommendation as a supply for home. I recommend having an artists easel that is light weight and easily transported. This is the one I use.

Classical Drawing and Painting: Class begins Friday evening October 25th, 2019. It runs (7 weeks) at the Artistic Hand Studio in Oviedo, Fl at 6:30 PM… We will not have class on November 8th or November 29th for Thanksgiving. The class ends December 20th.

Supplies suggested:

  • Small sketch book or notepad for notes
  • Small notebook to keep handouts in…can be a thin binder with plastic sheet protectors for example
  • Something to carry your loose paper work and supplies.
  • A thin long knitting needle or bamboo skewer for measurement.
  • If you have a small metal table top easel please bring it. If you wish to purchase one, this is the kind suggested.  I will provide some for use in class but they are the inexpensive kind and not steady.

Needed for Class if you want to get the best results:

  • Paper: Strathmore 400 series Drawing Paper Pad 14×17 inches Strathmore can be found at Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics or on Amazon. Only buy the one that says drawing, 400 series it should have a drawing of a girl on it. 
  • Drawing Board to mount your paper on. US Art Supply artist sketch tote board 18×18 is a good size for class.  You can also use Foam Core but it is less stable.
  • An aproximate 15×20 piece of foam core or board to mount drawings to for the Bargue Plates is suggested. You can get cheap foam core at the dollar store.
  • Graphite Pencils; at least have 2H, H and HB available. Backups of these 3 pencils are highly recommended because we will be hand sharpening the pencils.  You can bring a cheaper pencil to practice. Staedtler Lumograph Mars  is recommended.
  • White Artists Tape or drafting tape
  • Kneaded Rubber eraser (Generals is the recommended brand)
  • Retractable utility knife (a med to thin one will work best)
  • Plastic clear ruler at least 12 inches long, the flexible gridded kind are perfect.
  • Plastic clear drafting triangle (medium/large size)


Painting Supplies:

Oil Paints: Suggest only use good paints like Winsor and Newton students brand to start like this.

If you buy oil paints individually do not buy water soluble. These colors are recommended. At a bare minimum if you want to do color choose Cad Yellow pale hue, Cad Red, French Ultramarine, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black and Titanium White…. If you only want to focus on values, Titanium White and Ivory Black will be all that you need.


Brushes: You can buy a simple set like this one. Or buy them individually. I would suggest buying a filbert as well. 4-8 size. 4 is recommended.

Medium: Oderless Terpenoid (don’t buy natural terpenoid) smallest bottle

Brush Cleaner Container: like this or a glass jar to carry your medium without spilling.

Paper Towels: a good brand like viva

palette: glass, wood or a paper palette to use as a surface to mix paints.

Palette knife: like this basic style for mixing paints.

Course Overview:

Who is this class for:

People who like to draw and who wish improve their drawing skills and learn an introduction to the Indirect Painting Method.

What this class includes:

In this class, we will  follow a methodical approach to drawing and painting to an introduction to measurement and proportion methods. Using the Academic Method, students will begin by drawing basic shapes and practicing value scales in preparation of turning forms for portraits and landscapes. We will also taught basic proportion methods taught by Andrew Loomis and George Bridgeman for example.

For part of the class we will use Bargue plates to improve or practice. These plates have been used to train artists how to draw for centuries. We will study how light affects forms and how values can be developed to create the illusion of three dimensions forms.

This class will give the student the skills to complete a finished accurate drawing which can be used to complete their own personal projects. In addition, we will cover an introduction of the process of transferring of a basic drawing on to a panel, the basic indirect painting method.

The Academic Method:

The academic method was taught in studios and art schools, called Ateliers, in Europe during the 19th century based off teaching methods used by master artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. This more fine-tuned method was used to train professional artists to a highly refined ability. These skills were used to set a sound foundation and a starting point for an artists ability to use their knowledge to express their creativity accurately. Just like a musician in a symphony needs to have a full understanding of his craft before performing before a crowd, so a fine artist needs to have a refined skillset before creating a professional level drawing or painting.

This practice allows the artist to improve that skill set to accurately draw and paint the portrait and the figure. Once learned, an artist has the skills needed to accomplish success in drawing and painting anything.

What will you need:

You will need your supplies and you will need a desire to learn.