You can pick up all your great art supplies at ARTspot in Edmonds just blocks from Cole Gallery. Registered Cole Art Studio students will receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies. Make sure to pick up your 10% off slip at Cole Gallery's front desk.
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1-Day Workshop Plein Air Supply List
For the 1-day Plein Air workshop, you don’t need to purchase everything listed in the “Super List” below. Just bring the following to get started:
- An easel that can be used outside. If you don’t have a Plein Air easel, don’t rush out to buy one yet; we will be discussing which ones to purchase in our workshop.
- Paints and brushes you normally use in your studio.
- Appropriate clothing to wear for the weather conditions of the day.
- Sunscreen and hat for sunny days
- Bag to carry stuff in.
- Garbage bag for waste material
- Portable palettes. Again nothing fancy; just something you can hold while painting outside. We will be reviewing different Plein Air Palettes.
- Portable chair if you need to sit while painting outside
The Artist that is Passionate about Plein Air “Super” Supply List
If you already have Plein Air art equipment, bring it to the gallery and we will review what you have. If not, don’t rush out and purchase everything listed below. The list below can be purchased over time once you know what its like to paint outside. Not everyone likes it and it can be very expensive to get everything at once.
Outdoor Equipment (develop your own separate lists for time of year, painting from your car, urban painting, day-hike painting, or overnight backpack painting)
- Plein Air Easels (be prepared to spend some money)
- Portable chair or stool
- Transport bag, backpack or cart
- Umbrella. Another option: Folding nylon auto windshield sunshade can be clipped to your palette or can be used in place of a tarp to sit on ground.
- Clothes and rain gear (winter, spring, summer). Remember, you will get paint on them.
- Medical and psychological aids (sunscreen, bug repellants, first aid kit, pain killers, antidepressants for bad art, stuff like that)
- Food and drink (e.g. mucho wine if in Italy)
- Emergency (cell phone, flashlight or headlamp, maps, outdoor survival gear, overnight gear, mace, gun, knife, etc.)
- Digital camera or video camera with extra battery (or auto charging device)
- A compass to determine direction sunlight will move
- Dependable car for rough road travel
- Go with friend, a dog or fellow painter
- Sno Park backcountry parking permits
- Old tarp or blanket to protect the inside of your car from wet paintings or to use for picnics
- Device for carrying wet paintings
- Cleaning materials for getting paint off your hands and other places
- Bungee cords, big clips to hold things together
- Rope and ground anchors for windy days to tie things down
- Battery powered, clip-on book lamp to use to paint dark or night scenes
- Business cards and bio to hand out to spectators
- Toilet paper, etc for when restroom facilities are scarce
Painting Supplies (develop your own separate list for watercolors, pastels, oils and acrylics)
- Brushes and brush carrying device
- Mediums (thinners, alkyds, water, etc)
- Palette knives
- Hand protection: creams, rubber gloves
- Pliers to open paint tubes
- Papers and sizes
- Canvases and sizes
- Panels and sizes
- Device for carrying wet paintings
- Scrapers and alcohol for cleaning palettes
- Containers for water, thinners, other mediums, paint tubes
- Plastic bags for carrying disposable wastes
- Paper towels and rags
- Sketch books and drawing materials
- Large clips
- Art board
- Pocket knife
- Hooks to hang things on your easel
- Art tape and duct tape
- Hand held mirror
- View finders, color isolators, value chart, color wheel
- Wax paper to put between almost dry paintings
- Primary goal: travel light and cut bulk.
- Light weight clothes and rain gear for traveling. Dress in layers.
- Backpacks and travel luggage: reduce to one or two
- Study up on how to transport hazardous materials (paints, solvents, etc) on planes, trains and buses. Or, ship them by separate carrier to your final destination).
- Don’t carry onto the plane palette knives or other perceived dangerous devices. Airport security will take them.
- Leave at home heavy and bulky art stuff
- Use roll up paper and canvases. Store in paper tubes
- Improvise; leave heavy, bulky easels at home. Find ways to prop your boards and canvases on things at the Plein Air site. Use your lap, picnic tables or backpack as an easel.
- Large garbage bags to place over backpacks to protect from rain. You can also wear them as temporary rain gear.
- Buy paints and other materials at your final destination rather than bringing them with you on the plane.
- Use acrylics rather than oils; safer and easier to handle. When you get back home you can add oil over the acrylics to finish off a painting.
- Extra pair of glasses. Also bring sunglasses.
- Waterproof bag to protect camera gear.