Required Materials Summer 2019


Required Materials


We will provide the Easels, Mahl sticks, the Prepared Panels, Bowls to mix glazes, ingredients for making the Painting Mediums and for washing Brushes.

However, the Students must bring their own Acrylics, Oil paints & Brushes.

Material Recommended by the Instructors:


Daniel Mirante’s Recommended Materials:


  • liner brushes 05 and 1
  • selection of cheap hogbrush rounds (clean, unused)
  • range of sable filberts (or high quality synthetic filberts)
  • glazing brushes

Oil paints
(Please note, some of these pigments may also be recommended by other teachers)

Core underpainting pigments:

  • Cremnitz white (genuine lead white. Recommended brand: Old Holland. Note: Zinc is NOT a substitute!).
  • Raw Umber. Burnt Umber
  • Raw sienna. Burnt Sienna.
  • Mars Black.

These pigments are all ‘work horses’ well worth having in your palette, and with the exception of lead white, all inexpensive. These are neccesary for the process. The Recommended temperature pigments and glazing pigments are more open to personal choice.

Recommended initial temperature pigments:

  • Green Earth.
  • Ultramarine Blue.
  • Cadmium red.
  • Naples Yellow.
  • Caput Mortum or Violent Hematite (sinopia- prefered over Caput Mortum)


  • Magenta (quinacridone based).
  • Transparent oxide red.
  • Transparent oxide yellow.
  • Sap Green.

These colours are recommended, but colors are a more personal dimension of expression, so buy what you are drawn to.

Brands recommended : Old Holland. Michael Harding. Natural Pigments (Rubilev).

Other materials:

  • Craft knife
  • Varnished wooden palette or palette paper
  • HB Pencils
  • Putty erazer
  • Tracing Paper
  • Masking tape
  • HB charcoal fusains

Kevin Campeau’s Recommended Materials:

Students should buy:

  • Palette Paper (grey tinted is preferable)
  • Golden Fluid Titanium White (for underpainting)
  • Kevin uses Old Holland acrylics but recommends Golden tube acrylics (not fluid, exept Golden Fluid Titanium White)
  • Small spray bottle for water
  • Bring a variety of acrylic and oil colours (but you can also use the Academy acrylics and oils)
  • 3 Small jam jars (with lids)
  • 3 Fine liner brushes (c. 1 cm long – synthetic is fine, such as Raphael and Da Vinci brands)
  • Soft ‘mop’ blending brush
  • Soft goat-hair brush (flat or round)
  • Filbert (Cat tongue) brushes – an assortment of sizes
  • A couple of flat brushes (small and medium)
  • A selection of favourite drawing materials – pencils, charcaol etc
  • A notebook to write in

The Academy will supply the following materials for Kevin Campeau’s Students (you may bring your own, if you wish…):

  • Schminke Special Painting Gel (3 big tubs)
  • Liquitex Glazing Medium (mat) – for imprimatura
  • Neubers Enkel Turpentine Geist
  • Schminke cold-pressed linseed oil
  • Transfer paper (white) (same size as panel)
  • Transparent paper (same size as panel)
  • A Pad of paper same size as panels (30cm x 40cm)
  • 2 large Old Holland Raw Umber acrylic tubes

Olga Klimova’s Recommended Materials:


  1. Goat hair paint brush for backgrounds (I use Richeson Goat Hair Brush, set of 3) These brushes are really good in applying the first layer of white acrylic over black, to create interesting and organic background for your painting and also to come up with ideas.
  2. Round brushes number 2, 4, 6 for whites in acrylic and oil for hatching and details (get a few, acrylic paint kills these brushes quickly). Any brand can work as long as they are not too soft and have a really fine tip and can hold a good amount of paint. I personally prefer good quality synthetic ones because they have a spring to them and give a lot of control.
  3. Grazing brushes. I use Utrecht Manglon Filbert Synthetic brushes, from really small ones for local glazing to big ones for large areas.
  4.  Do not throw away your old brushes. Utrecht Filbert brushes, starting from size 4 and bigger, are best to use for dry-brushing, both acrylics and oils when they are old.


Acrylic paints

My favorite acrylics are Golden. I use all the colors I found in Golden Fluid Acrylics Series for glazing, that are transparent or semi-transparent, and you are welcome to look for more colors of your choice as long as they are from the Fluid Series. Opaque colors are fine too, they can be used for painting instead of glazing.

If you already have acrylic colors that you like to use and they work well for panting and glazing, you can just use those.

Background: Golden Mars Black Heavy Body  or Black Acrylic Spray Paint (much faster to paint backgrounds with spray paint)

Whites: Golden Titanium White Fluid Series

Colors for Glazes: 

  • Golden Fluid Primary Yellow
  • Golden Fluid Raw Sienna
  • Golden Fluid Burned Sienna
  • Golden Fluid Transparent Red Iron Oxide
  • Golden Fluid Quinacridone Crimson
  • Golden Fluid Naphthol Red Light
  • Golden Fluid Manganese Blue
  • Golden Fluid Cobalt Turquoise
  • Golden Fluid Paynes Grey
  • Golden Fluid Bone Black

I also use N5 Neutral Gray Series 1 from Golden to mix with bright colors to make them softer (less bright)

Other supplies

  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid  (medium to mix with Fluid Acrylics to create glazes)
  • Masterson’s Sta-Wet palettes to keep acrylic paint moist   if you can get it, if not, don’t worry about it
  • acetate sheets
  • spay bottle
  • trays or old food containers can be used to mix paint glazing medium
  • smooth paper towel with no pattern (for subtraction method)
  • white casein paint

Preferred Oil Colors:

  • Utrecht Naples Yellow Light
  • Utrecht Venetian Red
  • Utrecht Cadmium Orange
  • Utrecht Cadmium Yellow
  • Williamsburg Persian Rose
  • Old Holland Titanium White
  • Old Holland Lead White
  • Old Holland Raw Sienna Light
  • Old Holland Cobalt (Aureoline) Yellow Lake
  • Old Holland Golden Barok Red
  • Old Holland Alizarin Crimson Lake Extra
  • Old Holland Manganese Violet-Reddish
  • Old Holland Burnt Umber
  • Old Holland Ultramarine Violet
  • Old Holland Cobalt Blue Turquoise Light
  • Old Holland Manganese Blue
  • Old Holland Caribean Blue
  • Old Holland Cold Grey
  • Old Holland Neutral Tint