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  • Pastel set – Soft and/or hard pastels.  WE DO NOT USE OIL PASTELS.  Student-level sets okay – should contain variety of darks & lights   Richeson, Rembrandt, Faber Castell, Nupastel sets are a great choice. (set of 24 or 36)

  • Sanded UArt pastel paper. 400 grit, 9x12”, natural color, not dark).  DO NOT USE OTHER PASTEL PAPER.  A pad of 10 or single sheets Uart  We will use 2-3 sheets each day. Order online through Blick, Cheap Joes, or Jerry’s Artarama. Most art stores don’t carry UArt.

  • Small Sketchbook

  • Compressed charcoal for preliminary sketches

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Drawing board, foam core board, or any rigid surface to go under the sanded paper - larger than 9 x 12

  • 1” tape (blue painters tape best) to attach paper to the board

  • 1” flat brush (inexpensive) for underpainting

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Small container (yogurt containers work great) for alcohol

  • Paper towels

  • Optional: Single sticks of dark pastels since many sets don’t contain darks: Nupastel blue violet (244) bottle green (298), spruce blue (305)



  • TRAVEL EASEL & BOX - Plein air easel or tripod and pastel plein air box. 
    Alternate option:  portable easel with folding table for pastels as high as possible. Clips for holding paper down to back board

  • Something to use as a weight to prevent materials from blowing away

  • Suntan lotion, bug spray

  • Drinking water

  • Large bag/backpack to carry materials in

  • Optional: Hat and umbrella (for hot, sunny weather), stool

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