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Nancy's Art Classes & Painting Demonstrations

 

 

I am at the gallery, PRAIRIE WINDS ART CENTER (PWAC), 443 South Interocean Avenue in Holyoke, CO, monthly and I am available for any private or group instruction or demonstration during that time or by contacting me to schedule another time.  To see my schedule or to contact me, please visit PWAC by going to www.PrairieWindsArtCenter.org--click on the green button here, then click on the "Calendar" or "Contact Us" buttons at the top of the website and read the information found there or fill out the form with your request.  You may also call me at 970-774-4747.

 

Class Location:

Prairie Winds Art Center, 443 S Interocean, (NE Corner of Hwy 385 & Hale Street) Holyoke, CO

 

 

Suggested supply lists for classes in...


Watercolor Painting:

The list below is provided as a general, generic, all-purpose checklist.  If you are familiar with painting in watercolor, please bring the supplies you use.  If you are new to watercolor painting, the highlighted items are the most important items you will need to bring along or purchase.  Some of the common household items listed have brand names mentioned because of the quality of the products affect the painting. 

Depending on the class, I may have brushes for you to borrow and paper & pigments to purchase during each class time.  If you have any questions or would like to reserve/order supplies from me, please contact me asap before class starts--774-4747.


  • 1" flat brush, good quality, chisel edge--THE BRUSH...A "must have" for WC!
  • 1/2" flat brush with chisel edge
  • 2" flat brush with chisel edge
  • Nos. 6, 8, 10 & 36 round brush
  • No. 3 rigger brush
  • 140 or 300 lb cold press, WC paper (prefer:  Arches, but Fabriano is another good selection)
  • Sturdy backing board, slightly larger than quarter sheet (15 x 11") and/or half sheet (15 x 22")
  • Palette(prefer:  newer John Pike palette but may use an old white dinner plate or butcher tray)
  • Tube Pigments(Professional grade--Winsor Newton, Holbein, Daniel Smith, etc)

Beginning Class Pigments:  

  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Permanent or Quinacridone Rose
  • Phthalocyanine (Phthalo or Thalo) or Winsor Blue

Advanced or Color Classes Add:                                             

  • Permanent Green Light
  • Viridian or Thalo Green
  • Turquoise Blue

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Ultramarine Violet
  • Permanent Magenta

  • Cadmium Red Med
  • Cadmium Scarlet
  • Cadmium Orange
Advanced Add Earth Colors :
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Indigo


  • Cerulean 
  • Cobalt


           












  • Two water containers at least pint size
  • Viva paper towels & tissues
  • Sketch book 
  • Reference photos or drawing of simple subjects to paint--FYI painting en plein air is by far the best!!  
  • Mechanical pencil (.7 or .9mm with HB or 2B lead) 
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Spray bottle
  • Blotter, cellulose sponge
  • Artists white tape or good quality masking tape, 1" wide
  • Grocery bag (for trash)
  • Any or all materials you prefer using when painting in watercolor

If the class includes painting outside, you may want to include the following items.

  • Hat & jacket
  • Folding camp chair or stool
  • Bug & sun lotion/spray
  • Clips to hold paper down
  • Easel / tripod
  • Water jug filled for painting
  • Clamp umbrella for easel
  • Drinking water




 


Pastel Painting:

The list below is provided as a general, generic, all-purpose checklist.  If you are familiar with painting in pastel, please bring the supplies you use.  If you are new to pastel painting, the highlighted items are the most important items you will need to bring along or purchase.  Please contact me asap before class starts if you need to purchase supplies from me or if you have any questions (774-4747).


  • Basic set of soft pastel sticks(Not oil pastels / If you do not have pastels and looking to purchase some, please consider that, generally speaking, the cheaper the pastel the more "chalk/filler" it contains therefore, less pigment!  It is better to have just a few sticks of better quality that a lot of inexpensive ones!  The chart and picture below lists the brands and shows a set that includes a variety of pastels and would be a great starter set.  (Jack Richeson labeled--Half-Stick Foundation Pastel Set in either a Basic Set or a Landscape Set.  Otherwise, check your pastels for the following hues with three to four values each...


Grade:             Characteristic:                 Cost:       Brand Names

3 / Student        Hard to Medium                    $            Faber-Castel, Artist Loft, Loew-Cornell

4 / Prof              Hard                                    $$           Nu-Pastels

4 / Prof              Medium to Soft                    $$           Sennelier, Winsor-Neston, Rembrandt, Unison, Richeson, Girault, Mount Vision

5 / Prof              Medium to Butter Soft       $$-$$$      Terry Ludwig, Great American, Schmincke, Townsend


  • Pastel hues:  Warm Reds--scarlet lake, permanent red, poppy red
  •                        Cool Reds--carmine, alizarin crimson, or madder lake
  •                        Oranges--mid orange or permanent orange
  •                        Cool yellow--lemon yellow
  •                        Warm green--permanent green or phthalo green
  •                        Cool green--blue green or turquoise
  •                        Warm blue--French ultramarine or ultramarine deep
  •                        Cool blue--cerulean blue
  •                        Warm violet--red violet or quinacrindone violet
  •                        Cool violet--ultramarine violet or blue violet
  • ​                       Variety of darks & lights, browns & grays
  • ​Nu Pastel sticks and/or pastel pencils
  • Pastel paper (Any sanded paper, pastel board--400 to 600 grit that will accept wet medium, 9x12" or 8x10", ex: Uart Brand; charcoal paper & Mi-Teintes "wrong side" are great to practice on)


Grade:                                                                  Brand Names:

Uncoated Paper:                                                    Canson Mi-Teintes

Sanded Card:                                                         Pastelmat

Sanded Paper or Board:                                         Pastel Premier

Sanded Paper or Board on Gatorboard:                 UArt, Richeson Premium Pastel Paper Board

Questions to ask or consider before buying:           What color does the paper come in and what color do I want to use?

                                                                                Paper, card or mounted on what type of board?

                                                                                If sanded,grit number? (xfine-600, med-320 to 400)

                                                                                Is it for wet or only dry mediums?


  • Sturdy, smooth support board slightly larger than a 9x12 or 8x10" pastel paper
  • Sheet of Aluminum Foil the longest length of support board
  • Artists white tape or good quality masking tape 1" or larger
  • Putty or kneaded eraser or museum wax
  • Baby wipes(10-20 per day)
  • Latex or Nitrile gloves or skin barrier cream
  • Glassine or tracing paper to protect work
  • Easel to hold painting surface upright & large bulldog clips (You may also work flat on table)
  • Cotton balls and buds
  • Mediums:  Turpentine, odorless
  •                    Mineral spirits
  •                    Metal or glass small container in order to not contaminate entire medium
  • Brushes (large, wash type) for the various mediums listed above.(These brushes will get some abuse from the pastel paper so bring old brushes.  You may want to have separate brushes for each medium...water vs turp or oil based mediums.)
  • Sketchbook & drawing supplies for thumbnails
  • Grocery bag (For trash)
  • Reference photos or drawing of simple subjects to paint--painting en plein air is by far the best!!
  • And any or all materials you prefer using when painting in pastels.


If the class includes painting outside, you may want to include the following items.

  • Hat, jacket
  • Folding camp chair or stool
  • Bug & sun spray
  • Easel / tripod
  • Clamp umbrella for easel
  • Clips to hold paper down