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Frequently Asked Questions

What supplies will I need for my course?


Painting in Pastels with Ann Rhinehardt

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  • Soft Pastels:  at least a set of 30.  Can be ½ sticks.  Faber-Castell has a 72 piece ½ stick soft pastel set for $45 at AC Moore or Michael’s.  If you use a coupon for 40 or 50% off, they are very reasonable.  They will take competitors’ coupons as well.  Rembrandt is the Artist’s Grade brand most available locally.  Art Spectrum is another good medium soft pastel.  Try to avoid Alphacolor.  You may also purchase individual sticks.
  • Vine charcoal, both thin and thick
  • Kneaded eraser and pencil for sketches
  • Sketchbook for value studies
  • Drawing board (piece of foam core is fine)
  • Clips or artists’ tape
  • Wax paper or glassine
  • Stiff paint brush for removing pastel from your painting surface.  ¼” is a good size.  Don’t buy one, just use an old one.
  • Paper towels and an old hand towel or rag.
  • Viewfinder (can make one from 2 L shaped pieces of card or mat board)
  • Easel if you would like to work on one.
  • Gloves or oil-free barrier hand cream if you wish
  • Paper stump or tortillon
  • Pad of pastel/charcoal paper, 11x14 or larger. Strathmore, Fabriano Tiziano and Canson and are a few names.  Strathmore has less of a honeycomb texture that Canson. Look at the textures to decide what you might like to work on. Try to get a pad with a mix of soft tones.  If you wish instead to try individual sheets, we can discuss it during the first class.  You may want to explore different surfaces as the class progresses and can purchase individual sheets.

If there are any questions, please feel free to call me or e-mail me.  Bring any pastels you have with you to the first class.

You can expect to pay $50 or more for supplies, depending on what you already have.  This is just a guess-timate so you have an idea about the costs.  Prices tend to vary quite a bit.

Supplies are available at Berry’s in Oakland, Michael’s or AC Moore in Augusta.  There is also the Artists and Craftsman Supply in Portland.  I am also including a catalog/internet company that I purchase from:

                         Dick Blick    1-800-828-454

 Also items may be available at Check prices to make sure you are getting the lowest.

 Syllabus for Painting in Pastel

The following is a rough idea of what we will cover in this class over the next six weeks.

If you have some experience already, I will set some individual challenges for you.  If there are specific requests, please let me know and I will try to cover that material as well.

More Advanced Students:  Subject matter of their choice or we can select challenges together.

March 4, 2019:  Introduction to Pastels, Materials and some basic                       techniques.

March 11, 2019:  More techniques, Seeing Values, working from a                  simple still life.

March 18, 2019:  Texture and Color Theory.  Landscape Painting.

March 25, 2019:  Composition, Mixed Media Techniques.  Landscape painting

April 1, 2019:  People/Animal Portraits

April 8, 2019:  Finishing current work.  Storing your paintings, Framing, Critiques.


Spring Flower Arranging with Kathy Ribbons

Materials needed:  A pair of sharp scissors. 

If wanted:  A yard-yard and a half of ribbon if you want a bow.  Instructor will make the bows for you.  You can get ribbon at a florist shop or a hobby shop.


Watercolor with Dorene Paul-Hebda

Lesson Plan for Beginner Class

Instructor will provide the subject for the first class. Subjects for other classes will be chosen by the students as a group.

Below is a list of suggested equipment that will be needed for watercolor class:

Brushes:  A good quality brush makes a big difference!  Brushes should be soft & come to a fine point.  You can purchase these at any art supply shop

Please come to class with:  

  • size #2, #4, and #6 watercolor brush
  • “kneaded” eraser
  • #2 pencil 
  • Foam core board (about 14x16) to place your watercolor paper on 
  • Artist Tape 
  • Clamps to hold down your watercolor onto your board 
  • Clean cotton rag 
  • Jar or cup to hold water and one to place your brushes in 
  • Ruler 
  • Kosher salt 
  • plastic wrap ( Saran ) 
  • masking fluid 
  • plastic bottle of acrylic paint- white 
  • tube of white gouache (an opaque watercolor) 
  • Palette – a white Styrofoam meat tray can be used, plastic white plate, also disposable paper palettes.  Heavy plastic watercolor palettes with wells and cover can be purchased at art stores – any of the above will be fine 
  • Paper – “Strathmore” or “Arches” brandwatercolor paper 140 pound cold pressis what you should use.  This comes in a block, pad, or single sheet (which can be cut to any size). 
  • Watercolor paints – please purchase “Winsor Newton” brand or you can use what you may already have. List of colors:  Yellow ochre, cadmium red – medium, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow – pale, raw sienna, burnt sienna, olive or sap green, prussian blue, cerulean blue, alizarin crimson, burnt umber, payne’s gray, indigo.  

Many students have mentioned that the initial outlay of money for these supplies is high.  I spoke with Michael at "Berry's" and he will supply a great paint box made by a Russian company "Yarka".  The colors are great and I use this myself.  If people get the Yarka paint box they also will need to get a tube of "ceruleum blue" and the white acrylic.

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