Recommended Materials

The following is a list of materials recommended by Atelier Director Kevin McEvoy.

*Note: Materials are included in the following courses: Classical Foundations for Middle School and High School, Classical Art for the Young, and Drawing for Beginners.


Recommended Painting Materials

Canvas: I recommend the Raymar painting panels, single primed linen on panel.  See, or more specifically Some students like to team together, to buy a group of panels, which saves on cost. A good average panel size, for any painting, is 18” x 24”


Oil Paints



Light Red (not Bright red, not Cadmium Red Light)

Old Holland

Yellow Ochre or Roman Ochre

Old Holland, or Zecchi* or Zecchi*

Ivory Black**

Old Holland

English Red

Old Holland

Ultramarine Blue

Old Holland

Titanium White**

Old Holland

*Note, Zecchi Roman Ochre is a special ordered item, from a supplier in Italy.

**Larger tubes of whites and blacks should be purchased






Hog bristle

Filbert, sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 20 (more or fewer as needed)

Utrecht offers several good brands.  Remember, you get what you pay for!


Filbert, sizes 00, 2, 4, 6, 8, 16 (more or fewer as needed)

Again, several decent brands out there.  I like the Renaissance brushes, and Silver, and Richter.

New York Art Central is the best- touch them with your own hands, to determine quality


Rosemary Brushes are also a highly recommended brand, especially Series 11. Pure Kolinsky Almond Filbert, Series 66. Pure Kolinksy Filbert, and Series 2045. Chungking Filbert

The following painting items are all available on Utrecht:

  • Palette- a varnished, wooden palette is preferable, found on Utrecht.  I prefer a palette from Zecchi.
  • Paper Towel roll
  • Odorless turpentine
  • Regular turpentine (artists turp, not hardware store!)
  • Sun thickened linseed oil
  • A couple small jars, such as baby jars, for storage
  • Roll of artist tape
  • Some clothes that can get paint on them.


Recommended Drawing Materials






Faber Castell

Grades 2H through 6B


Paper, 18” x 24” pad

Any good brand

Any good paper, such as Strathmore 400


Paper, 18” x 24” pad of Newsprint

Any old brand

Newsprint is for quick, rough sketches


Paper, single sheets


A cotton rag for charcoal

New York Central Art Supply


Nitram Fusain

Grades soft, medium, and hard

Blick Art Materials, Glen Cove


Any brand

A large one can be broken up into smaller ones



The Marc Dalessio Plein Air Set Up

A Note from Director Kevin McEvoy: "I have compiled a list of materials from conversation with Marc Dalessio and from reading his blog. This is gleaned from multiple blog entries, but this is the primary entry . I purchased the entire setup for $836.  Not a bad price, when you think that a lot of mainstream plein air easels alone can go for pretty high prices, easily over $500. However, this is everything, from the easel to brushes to canvas to panel carriers to painting medium to paints, and a backpack to transport all of them. Marc refined all of this over the course of a few decades, and this entire setup is super lightweight, which is of the utmost importance, as heavy backpacks and gear simply means that you won’t bring them around. This setup also snaps together in just three minutes, when you head out to paint. Three minute prep time is really awesome- my past setups used to take twenty something minutes."

For further reading please visit Marc Dalessio's blog on Ultralight Plein Air Painting:


Recommended Materials for Pastel Classes

Recommended by Lana Ballot


Pastels: If you already have some pastels, bring them to the first class, we’ll see if you have enough colors and values to work with.

  • Option 1 - less expensive, limited value range Rembrandt Soft Pastel Set of 30 (or more, sets of half-sticks have twice more colors for the same price, it’s true with other brands as well, half-sticks are a better way to start) This is a less expensive but more limiting option, particularly rich dark colors are missing. It’s a good quality starter brand, but it remains very useful for the initial stages when slightly harder pastels are needed. The drawback of this set is the lack of really dark and lighter colors (which softer pastel brands provide, see option 2), so you will need to add them later.
  • Option 2 - costs a bit more but excellent quality and color/value range, good investment A better way to go would be spending a bit more but getting a basic set of hard pastels (they are rather inexpensive) and a set of softer pastels with good range of colors. Both of these sets below would be needed as they complement each other and are used for different stages of the painting:
    • NuPastel Set of 36, Assorted Colors (hard pastels set, good for initial stages, inexpensive but good quality)
    • Cardboard Box Set of 80 Half Sticks, Plein Air Landscape set or Assorted Colors set (great brand, has nice rich darks and good range of colors/values). You might be able to get away with a smaller set (e.g. 40) but it’s easier to start with a fuller range of values/colors.

Pastel Paper:

  • Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Pads (assorted colors, 9”x12” pad)
  • UArt Sanded Pastel Paper, 400 grade (5-6 sheets, it depends on how fast you work. )


  • Foam Boards 18”x24” (for attaching the pastel paper to them)
  • Glassine (or tracing paper) to protect paintings
  • Pencil 2B or softer
  • Vine Charcoal
  • Sketchbook
  • Artist Masking Tape (1/2” is good)
  • Disposable gloves (better to get vynil gloves in case some have allergy for latex)

Not required but useful tools: Gray Scale and Value Finder Viewfinder (“ViewCatcher” is good) Color Wheel ——————————————————————-


Recommended Materials for Watercolor Classes

Recommended by Bill Graf


  • HB pencil
  • Postcard (4¼” x 51⁄2“)
  • 4 sheets of Arches cold press 140-pound watercolor paper (around 14″ x 10″)
  • Quick release tape (width 1″)
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • A container of water
  • Paper towel
  • Cardboard (at least 16″ x 12″)


  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Permanent Green Light
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Sepia
  • Dioxazine Mauve
  • Turquoise (by Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolors)


  • Copper acrylic wooden handle flat brush (size 10)
  • Soft grip golden taklon oval wash brush
  • Short handle round brush (size 6)
  • Short handle round brush (size 2)