Open Learning Autumn/New Year Programme

(starting September 2016)

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Course Materials

Course Materials

Get Painting: Techniques of Acrylic Painting for Beginners and Those with Some Experience (Tutor: Ann Bresnahan)

  • a selection of acrylic brushes eg one medium flat brush and a selection of small round brushes
  • an A3 acrylic paper pad
  • a disposable palette/plastic palette
  • a palette knife
  • a pencil
  • a basic colour palette of acrylic paints, suggested colours are cadmium red, alizeron crimson,  ultramarine blue,  cobalt /cerulean blue, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, yellow ochre and titanium white

If you are unsure of any of the materials the tutor will have enough to borrow for the first class and can discuss the materials then.

Painting Landscapes in Oil for Beginners (Tutor: Chris Dearden)

  • Mixing palette – tape off grease proof sheets etc.
  • Clip on Dippers – for turps/white spirit
  • White Spirit – for the paint/and keeping your hands clean
  • Set of mixed brushes
  • Palette knives
  • Fine – (watercolour brush and an old one) for drawing
  • Rag, cloth etc – kitchen towels etc
  • Canvas boards (pack of three)
  • Easel (easy to carry)
  • Oil Paint: Large tube Titanium White, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ruthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue, Alizarin Crimson
  • Protection – old clothing for yourself and for the table

Painting Landscapes in Watercolour (Tutor: Chris Dearden)

  • Pencils – 2b, 3b, 4b, etc
  • Masking tape
  • Toilet tissues – toilet rolls etc
  • Large water containers
  • 140lb paper or watercolour blocks
  • Mixing plates and saucers
  • Brushes
  • Wash brush
  • Medium size brush – No 9, No 6
  • Fine brush – a rigger N0 – N1
  • 8 Tube paints: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Indigo, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson
  • *Inspiration – photos, etc

Japanese Traditional Painting for Beginners (Tutor: Hanae Yoshida)

Students don't have to buy expensive art materials.  If you can find substitutes at your home or at the Pound Shops, it is fine.

  • A F4 size sketchbook (A hard cover one - to sketch using pencils)
  • 3 pencils (2B, HB and H)
  • A kneaded eraser
  • A pencil sharpener or cutter knife (To use for sharpening pencils)
  • A white plastic palette (Please choose a palette which is easy to for you to use)
  • A brush washer (A glass bottle can be used as a substitute)
  • A round brush #5 (Natural Hair)
  • A flat brush #5 (Natural Hair)
  • 3 spoons (Large, medium and small.)
  • A plate (about 15 cm/6 inches diameter.  It is good even if there are patterns or pictures on the surface of the plate.)
  • A small plate (About 10 cm /4 inches diameter.  It is good even if there are patterns or pictures on the surface of the plate.)

The art materials above are essential for every student, as they are necessary for Japanese painting.  However, as regards the art materials below, students can choose one which is easy to use for you.  They are used for colouring sketches.

Coloured pencils (From 12 colours to 18 or 24 colours.  A set would be convenient) or watercolours (from 10 colours to 12 colours. A set would be convenient.)

Coloured pencils are easy to use .  However, it is difficult to mix the colours, so over 12 colours are desirable.  On the other hand, watercolours can be mixed so 10 or 12 colours are sufficent.

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