New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

spring semester January 15 - May 5

Supply List

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)

Optional colors:

  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • 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 brushes are the most cost effective option and suitable for beginners.  Sable is much more expensive, but a good option for painters who are making a long-term investment.

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

We will be working with both Hot Press and Cold Press watercolor paper with a thickness of 140lbs or greater.  Students can purchase watercolor blocks, pads, or individual sheets of paper.  Notebooks should be between 8x10” and 9x12”, and individual sheets of paper should be cut down to size.

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

A white plastic or aluminum palette is recommended.  The palette ought to have a large 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.