Winter 2018 

Below you will find lists of the supplies you will need to bring to each specified class.

Members receive a discount at the following stores

State of the Art Supplies - 84 King Street North Waterloo, ON - 519 725 8585

The Artstore  - 91 Caroline Street South Waterloo, Ontario N2L 1X4 - 519 744 1103

Currys- 400-2 The Boardwalk at Ira Needles Boulevard Waterloo, Ontario  N2T 0A6 - 519 650 2220


w/ Jose Sandoval

  • 4 2B graphite pencils (brand doesn't matter)
  • 1 pencil sharpener or any tool to keep pencils sharp
  • 1 kneaded eraser (I recommend the grey Staedtler kind, as it's not as oily as other brands)
  • 1 white charcoal pencil or white pastel (I recommend General's Charcoal White: $1.50 at Curry's) 
  • 1 pad of kraft paper (around $5.00/pad; A2 size or 18"x24"); the darker colour is better; no newsprint pad (too waxy)
  • A few sheets of white paper (a drawing pad is fine; larger sizes are better)
  • 2 large bulldog clips 

17-402 & 17-403
w/ Elisa Franceshini

  • Graphite Pencils (HB-1B-2B-3B)
  • White Eraser (Staedtler suggested)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Drawing Paper A3 format grit paper 200g m2


w/ Fabio Gasbarri 

Titanium White (200ml)

French Ultramarine Blue (37ml)

Cadmium Yellow (37ml)

Cadmium Red (37ml)

Canvas: (may purchase from the dollar store)


3/4" flat

no. 8 round

no. 8 filbert



small bottle (baby food size)

All turpentine will be supplied

w/ Nancy Peng

  • Watercolour Paints

Start by using brand name “academic” or “student” grade watercolours until you can commit your resources to buying “artist grade paints. Pre-packaged sets may be more economical. Try DaVinci, Cotman, Windsor Newton brands. Artists have their favourite brands and colours and for the most part it is a matter of preference. If you already have watercolour paints, bring them and try them out You can always add to your supplies later.

Using a limited palette of transparent primary coloured paints, you can mix and glaze (layer) to come up with a wide range of colours. You do not need to buy white and black.

Cobalt Blue
Aureolin Yellow
Alizaren Crimson
Rose Madder or Permanent
Ultramarine Blue

You may wish to add the following colours to your palette

Raw sienna, Pthalo blue, Windsor (Pthalo) Green, Viridian Green, Burnt sienna

  • Watercolour Brushes

1/2 “, 1” flat synthetic brushesSize 4, 8, 12 round nylon or sable mixOther brushes to add: Rigger brush for fine lines, fan brush, wash brush for large areas

  • Paper

140 pound cold pressed natural coloured water colour paper, Arches or Windsor Newton recommended. The high rag content will tolerate scrubbing and washing. Purchase full sheets and cuts as required. For the lessons you will need 1/8 and 1/4 sheet paper. You can buy packages of 5 sheets at Currys. A see edge ruler comes in handy for cutting sheets.

  • Palette

You need something to mix your paints on. A white plastic plate will work but you will need to wash your paints off after each use. You can buy a round or rectangle palette with lid to transport and reuse your paints. Avoid coloured, paper or Styrofoam plates.

  • Backboard

A hard surface waterproof board to place your paper on when painting. This will be propped up on an angle. A 16”x20” corrugated plastic core sign board is light weight and reasonably priced. A plain white colour is best.

  • Miscellaneous

Bring 2 old margarine tubs or containers to hold clean water for painting at your table. Tissues, paper towels and rags can be used as tools for removing paint or drying brushes.

Masking tape, water spray bottle, old toothbrush, cut credit cards, palette knife

Bring some photos or magazines pictures for inspiration. A sketch pad and pencil will be useful for planning your painting and taking notes. You are welcome to bring a camera to take photos of your progress.

w/ Karen Fletcher


Primary Yellow, Primary Magenta, Primary Cyan, White, Burnt Sienna, Black


Acrylic gloss medium. (White glue also works.)


(Liquitex BASICS @ the Artstore, Curry’s Series 3500 and 3770)

#5 Round, #10 Bright or Flat, #8 Filbert, OPTIONAL Inexpensive sponge brushes


6 Canvas Boards

Size: 12” x 16” to 18” x 24”


Dinner size foam plates, Recycled plastic egg cartons


HB Pencil, White vinyl eraser

  • Please bring…A large garbage bag to protect the surface of the tables. This makes clean up easier and can be reused.

Recycled newspaper. Saves paper towels.

w/ Robert Achtemichuk

Gouache is only available at Curry's in this area or at Windham's in Guelph.

There is a starter gouache kit by Holbien at Curry's of the 3 primaries and black and white, then other colours can be added as you need them. There is also a set of jars by Richardson that could work. If you must have the best Windsor Newton is the best. 3 primaries ( ultramarine, cadmium yellow mid or deep and carmine or deep red), cobalt, white, sepia, sienna, viridian could be added.

Watercolour brushes made of synthetic or sable: Curry's has a set of 3 with a flat a round and a rigger. good for small paper sizes. Snap is another cheaper brush, need a flat from 3/4 to 1", a round #6, and 2 smaller ones, include a rigger for fine lines.

Watercolour paper rough or smooth your preference, large or small your preference. A Windsor Newton watercolour pad
9" x 12" and a sheet of Arches or Fabriano at 22 x 30" is a good place to start. Rag papers are tougher if you tend to scrub paint or work wet. Paper was also available at State of the Art and Artstore of Waterloo but no gouache.

Paint trays: cover or folding are nice and they keep paint fresh or an ice try or pie plate with saran.
Please also bring rags with you.

Materials are provided by Button Factory Arts for:

  • All Youth classes 
  • Family Saturdays
  • All Creative Workshops 55+
  • All Printmaking classes
  • Special Interest Workshops (unless otherwise noted)