Class Supplies

Class Supply List



Instructor Kits:

Pick up supplies separately or purchase one of my Jack Richeson & Co. Instructor Kits from Plaza Artist Materials in Bethesda. Plaza will ship kits if that's easier.
I had been using Richeson paints and brushes for years because they give me greater control and I can achieve effects with them that I couldn't with other materials. Recently, Richeson put together these kits so that artists can use the materials that I use. They will really help you improve your painting and have a much easier time with all of it.
Workshop Set - this is the full set of paints and brushes that I use to paint portraits in class and in my studio. It also includes a large pad of newsprint paper.
Oil Paint Set - These are the paints I use. Jack Richeson & Co. makes the Plaza brand paints. The only difference between these and other paints is that Plaza's Titanium White is labeled Titanium Zinc White.
Cityscape Brush Set - these synthetic flats are my favorite brushes. I use them for 75% of my cityscapes and 10% of my portraits.
Studio Brush Set - These are the brushes I use to paint portraits - mostly filberts with a few flats. Brilliant.
To purchase individually:
Drawing supplies:
Hard and soft compressed charcoal pencils by Derwent or General's, a stick of white charcoal, General’s compressed charcoal sticks, a kneaded eraser, a large, old paintbrush to blend strokes, newsprint paper (I like the 18 x 24 size), and clips to fasten the paper to a drawing board (the Yellow Barn has drawing boards.)





Burnt Umber

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red Light

Cadmium Yellow Light


Sap Green

Cerulean Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Dioxazine Purple

Mars Black

Titanium White -  Do not use the brand Georgian for white!


There are two types of paint - Artist Grade and Student Grade. The Artist Grade is MUCH easier to control. If you’re a beginner and money is an issue, just buy a few colors - Cad Red Medium, Cad Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and Titanium White. Then, as you continue along you can work your way up to expensive paint.


I use Jack Richeson brand paint. Order them over the internet or buy them in Plaza under the Plaza brand.



Any kind of canvas or board that has been coated with gesso and toned some neutral color like grey. I use hardboard (masonite) that I buy at Home Depot and coat with 3 coats of gesso front and back. Get them to cut it for you at Home Depot.



I use the Grey Matter series of flat synthetic bristle brushes by Jack Richeson, and Richeson Signature Series filbert and flat brushes, series 9822, 9628 and 9626.



Bring a palette if you’re going to paint. I use a glass palette and keep it in a plastic palette box.


Mineral Spirits: 

If you’re going to bring mineral spirits, and you don’t have to - a lot of artists don’t use thinners while painting - use Gamsol and please bring it in a small container with a lid like an old jam jar. At home, clean your brushes with Gamsol and then soap and water after class. The soap and water makes them last 10 times as long as they would otherwise.

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