New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

spring semester January 15 - May 5

Supply List

Intermediate Watercolor
Instructor: Lauren J. Andrews


The following supplies can either be purchased locally at Mo’s Art Supply or online through Amazon (links provided).  Most of these supplies are not available through the Academy in-house supply store.

We will work with watercolor paint from tubes (for this class, we will not be using pan watercolors).  Students can either purchase a set of paints or buy the tubes individually.  We will need one of each of the following colors:

  • Warm red (e.g. Cadmium Red, Vermilion)
  • Cool red (e.g. Crimson, Rose Madder)
  • Warm yellow (e.g. Cadmium Yellow, Deep Yellow)
  • Cool yellow (e.g. Lemon Yellow)
  • Warm blue (e.g. Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue)
  • Cool blue (e.g. Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue)
  • Warm Green (e.g. Permanent Green)
  • Cool Green (e.g. Viridian Green, Cobalt Green)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber

Optional colors:

  • Shell pink
  • Purple

Holbein makes professional grade watercolors and is highly recommended.  Winsor Newton also makes good quality paints.  Students can use other brands if they prefer.

Holbein 12 Color Set: Purchase on Amazon
Holbein 24 Color Set: Purchase on Amazon

Students will need at least two medium size round watercolor brushes (size 10 to 16) and one small round (size 2 to 4).  In addition, an assortment of flats and various round sizes are welcome but not necessary.

Synthetic sable and squirrel hair brushes provide the most versatility and are a good option for people looking to make a long-term investment.

Synthetic Squirrel Round, Size 4: Purchase on Amazon
Synthetic Squirrel Round, Size 12: Purchase on Amazon
Synthetic Squirrel Brush Set, 8 Brushes: Purchase on Amazon
Princeton Art & Brush Synthetic Brush Set: Purchase on Amazon

Students can work on Hot Press or Cold Press watercolor paper with a thickness of 140lbs and greater.  Students should purchase watercolor blocks or pads, as well as a few individual sheets of paper.  Blocks and pads should be between 8x10” and 9x12”, and individual sheets of paper (available at the Academy in-house store) can be cut down to size.  The larger sheets will not be needed in the initial classes.

Arches 9x12” Cold Press Watercolor Pad: Purchase on Amazon
Arches 9x12” Hot Press Watercolor Pad: Purchase on Amazon
Arches 9x12” Cold Press Watercolor Block: Purchase on Amazon
Arches 9x12” Hot Press Watercolor Block: Purchase on Amazon

A white plastic or aluminum palette is recommended.  The palette ought to have a large, white, opaque color mixing area.  If your palette does not have ample space to mix colors, please bring white styrofoam plates or another substitute mixing tray to class with you.

Plastic Palette: Purchase on Amazon

Water Bowls
Students will need two small bowls for water (one for dirty, one for clean).

Paper Towels
Students will need to bring their own paper towels.  The more absorbent the paper towel, the better. Bounty and Viva are both good paper towel brands for our purposes.