Painting Lessons - Art Materials & Supplies

Note: Please pay close attention to the specific materials required for oil paints or acrylic paints, as they are different and are NOT interchangeable. You should experiment with one or the other and when you feel comfortable with one, then if affordable, experiment with the other.

Note: The basic painting supplies listed below are followed by some additional supplies that you may want to experiment with after you mastered the basic in the exercises and lessons.

Oil Paint:  Oil Basic palette of colors:

Titanium White Permanent Green
Permanent Rose (Alizarin) Cerulean Blue
Cadmium Red French Ultramarine Blue
Lemmon Yellow (Winsor & Newton) Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Yellow Ivory Black

Note: Oil Paint tube size: 37ml = 1.25oz.

Art Lessons with Oil Paint

Note: Student grade paints are sufficient for these lessons and can save you a considerable amount of money. However professional grade paints will provide you with superior, richer color viscosity but it will cost you.

Acrylic Paint:  Acrylic Basic palette of colors:

Titanium White Permanent Sap Green 

Permanent Rose (Alizarin) or

Quinacridone Rose Deep

Cerulean Blue
Cadmium Red Medium French Ultramarine Blue

Cadmium Lemon or

Cadmium Yellow Light

Yellow Ochre or Oxide Yellow 
Cadmium Yellow Medium Ivory Black or Mars Black 
Phthalo Green Medium Burnt Sienna 

Note: Acrylic paint tubes are usually 45ml or Jar paints can be used.

Art Lesson Acrylic Paint

Note: Student grade paints are sufficient for this course and can save you money, as professional grade paints are very expensive.


Painting Supports:

Canvas pad with 10 sheets, Size: 9” x 12”  (for painting skill exercises).

Art Lessons Canvas Pads

Stretched primed canvases, Size 14” x 18” or larger. Make sure you check that the canvas is primed for the type of paint you will use, canvas can be primed for oil paint only or for both oil and acrylic paints.

Art Lessons Painting on Stratched Canvas




A basic set of bristle and soft brushes for class should consist of the following shapes and sizes:
Bristle: Bright:  #2-, 6, and 10   Rounds: #2, 4, and 6 (for heavier paint)
Synthetic Sable: #2 Round Brush: #3 Bright Brush:
(Rounds are generally used for details with thin paint and brights are good for blending and glazing with thin paint.)

Note: Make sure your brushes are specific to the type of paint (oil or acrylic) you will be working with. Oil paints will destroy a brush that is only for acrylic paint.

Your brush is one of the most important parts of painting. I would recommend you purchase the most expensive brushes you can afford.  You can buy inexpensive paint and canvas, but a cheap brush can be a serious detriment to the quality of the painting. Section on Brushers

Paint Medium:

Oil Paint Mediums: You can buy ready made “Oil Painting Medium” or you can make oil painting medium by mixing in a small glass jar: 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 turpenoid, 1/3 Damar Varnish.   Oil paint medium is used to thin paint and speed up the drying time.

Art Lessons Oil Painting Medium

There are many brands to choose from and you will find ones that work better then others for you.

Small dip cups for paint medium (with lid make transporting easy).

Dip Cups for Oil Painting

Paint Thinner:

Oil Paint Thinners: Refined (double distilled) Turpentine, odorless or Turpenoid is best for cleaning brushes. Ordinary turpentine that is sold in hardware stores is not suitable for fine art oil painting.

Terpintine for clean brushes


Acrylic Paint Mediums: Water can be used, however there are a variety of mediums to try, the bacsics are matte and gloss mediums and acrylic retarding  (Slow-Drying) additives. This is useful in slowing down the drying of the acrylics providing you a longer time to blend and allowing you to paint wet over wet.

Acrylic Paint medium

Plastic spray water bottle can be used to spray water on acrylics on the palette to keep it wet. It can also be used to create watercolor effects with acrylic paints.

Brush Cleaning Can - A coffee can or a plastic container the size of a coffee can may be used to hold water to clean acrylic paint from brushes.


Disposable paper palettes are great for mixing paint and a roll of plastic wrap can work to cover the paint to keep it workable for a day or so. They also make it convenient for clean-up and transporting wet palettes..

Paper Palette Paints

Paint Rags:

Paint Rag - terry cloth is a good material as it is highly absorbent (size of a small hand towel) and or paper towels.


You will need an HB pencil, ruler or straight edge, kneaded eraser and a role of masking tape for the painting skill exercise. For painting you can draw with paint to sketch in your picture content.  If you prefer drawing with pencil, graphite, charcoal or other materials please feel free to use them, however they are not necessary.

Painting - Intermediate Additional Supplies

Oil Paint:  Oil Extended palette colors for Level 2/3:

Cobalt Blue

Permanent Green Light

Phthalo Blue

Sap Green

Cadmium Orange

Paynes Gray

Acrylic Paint:  Acrylic Basic palette of colors:

Cobalt Blue

Permanent Green Light

Phthalo Blue

Sap Green

Cadmium Yellow Light

Paynes Gray

Note: Acrylic paint tubes are usually 45ml or Jar paints may be used.


These are more advanced brushes that you may want to try at some point.
Syntactic Sable: Round Brushes: #1 and #5  (used for details with thin paint)
Bristle: Fan  #4
Bristle: Filbert #4, and #8
Palette Knife: #22 diamond shaped and a 3" – 4” blade palette knife.
1” house painting brush for oil paint. (Used for applying large areas of paint and feathering edges.)
Old toothbrushes:

Note: Make sure your brushes are specific to the type of paint you will be working with. 
Your brush is one of the integral parts of painting.

See Section on Brushes

Suggested Art Material Supplies

A.I. Freeman
431 Boston Post Rd.
Port Chester, NY

Blick Art Materials

Pearl Paint
308 Canal St.

48 Lafayette Street
New York City 10013

Jerry's Artarama
360 Main Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
203- 846-2279

Daniel Smith
4150 First Avenue South,
Seattle, WA 98134