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We believe, you don't need a lot to get started & it shouldn't have to break the bank. 


Below are the basics to get started for most of our general classes.  

Additional materials will be discussed during classes.

Many items are available for purchase at the Atelier.

Scroll down for course materials for specific courses.

Drawing courses

We provide the drawing horses, drawing boards and butterfly clips

You will need

  • A notebook, sketchbook or binder to take notes and store handouts is recommended

  • Paper: 18" X 24" smooth newsprint pad or other paper type

  • Two butterfly clips to attach your pad to a drawing board 

  • An assortment of graphite pencils: HB, 2B to 8B

  • Conte 1710 B (preferred) or Wolf's carbon pencils. 

  • A blade to sharpen your pencils and a piece of 120 - 220 grit sandpaper in a ziploc baggie

  • A vinyl eraser and a  kneaded eraser

Painting courses


We provide the easels, tabourets, chairs, aprons and water containers (for acrylic painters)

You will need 

  • A notebook, sketchbook or binder to take notes and store handouts is recommended

  • Paper towels, a box of facial tissues or hand wipes for clean up

  • A palette (Grey Matters tear away palette is recommended)

  • Brushes: An assortment of firm bristle and soft  brushes 

  • Acrylic Medium like Retarder or GAC-100

  • Gloves or barrier cream if you don't want to get your hands dirty

  • Basic Paint colours: 

Titanium white

The primaries (Red, Yellow and Blue) in warm and cool options

Burnt Umber

Yellow Ochre

Specific to oil Painters

  • A solvent container with a closing lid (a mason jar will work)

  • Oil Mediums and driers: Liquin or Galkyd, Walnut Alkyd, Solvent free Gel or Oleogel

  • Solvent: Gamsol mineral spirits or odourless thinner

  • If not using solvents than Safflower oil

* Please direct further questions through our contact form or via email 



 Oil medium and solvent.


Full Palette:

Ivory Black

Titanium White

Raw Umber

Transparent Red oxide (mussini)

Yellow Ochre

Alizarin Crimson

Brillian Pink (old holland)

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red

Naples Yellow

Naples Yellow Reddish

Camium Yellow

Sap Green

Cadmium Green

Ultramarine Blue

Kings Blue Light (Old Holland)

Violet Grey (Old Holland)



A selection of Rounds and Philberts, for use on smaller size paintings. Philberts about 1/4" to 1/2", rounds about 1/8'" to 1/4".



-4-5 portrait grade painting surfaces, (boards, loose canvas, or primed paper), around 6 x 10" to 8 x 14" (a few coats of sanded golded gesso works great)


-Wooden or glass palette

-Solvent Jar/brush cleaning jar

-Small glass jar for medium (baby food jar works, they also sell small jars at art supply stores)

-Paper Towel Rolls

-Wooden dowel (Mahl Stick)






Week 1:

The first week Bobbi will be doing an oil painting demonstrating of our costumed model. Please bring a notepad and pencil to take notes.

 Weeks 2-6:  

Stretched canvases or panels. 16x20, 14x18 etc.  You’ll have the option to paint the full figure so choose accordingly.  Please treat yourself to a good quality canvas. Portrait grade is the best.  Best to work on something you’re familiar with.  You’ll possibly be working on this painting for the full 5 weeks (unless you begin a second one) so choose something deserving of your hard effort!



Note: all demos will be done in oil. Acrylic paint names may vary

Please buy professional grade paint when possible. Colours with * are optional but most likely will appear on my palette for the demonstrations. 

Titanium White 

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Yellow Light

Cadmium Yellow Medium   or

Cadmium Yellow Deep 

Cadmium Red Medium or Light

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Orange *

Venetian Red or Tera Rosa (I use this in my skin mixture)

Ultramarine Blue

Pthalo Blue

Ivory Black*

Burnt Umber (my block-in colour)

Raw Umber  (makes beautiful greys for portraits)

Transparent Oxide Red  (or burnt sienna)

Note: if you have been enjoying a particular palette, please bring it along. It’s important for you to be comfortable with your tools.


BRUSHES: (For oil:Bristles please, softer brushes to finish if you like)

Ensure your brushes are in good shape!

OIL PAINTERS: My favourite brush is the  HOG BRISTLE FILBERT 

I use FILBERT Bristles #4 (1/2 inch) and #2 (1/4 inch) – a couple of each is always good.  If you prefer flats, please bring a few in the same sizes.

(optional) #6-8 Filbert or Flat Bristle , plus a few synthetics if you like. 

Silver Grand Prix, Robert Simmons Signet, H.J., Rosemary, Princeton, Richeson etc to name a few.


Synthetic Brushes appropriate for Acrylic: Filberts or Flats ½ inch and ¼ inch.  Several of each as well as anything else you’d like to bring.  Please ensure your brushes are clean and in good shape!  Princeton, WN, Richeson, Connoisseur, etc.

(I have found that the hogs bristles do not stand up to the water used in acrylic painting. Synthetic bristles are best).


PALETTE KNIFE – Metal Trowel Shape, about the size of your thumb (3 inches). We'll be using the palette knife to paint with so not the teeny tiny ones ... no plastic knives.


PALETTE: To mix your paint on

Oil Painters: Glass, wood or appropriate paper palette is fine. Please buy only the larger sized palette paper intended for oil painting.  If it doesn’t say ‘for oil painting’ on the package, don’t buy it.  OR IF YOU BUY A WOODEN PALETTE  – this will need to be pre-seasoned with oil (walnut, linseed, etc) many times in the days prior to using to reduce absorbency. No new untreated wooden palettes.  Ask me how to do this if you aren’t sure (before the course).

Acrylic Painters:  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! bring the large ‘stay-wet’ palettes for acrylic paints!   Having a large STAY-WET surface makes painting easier and the paint won’t dry out immediately – making for less waste.   I’ll be demo-ing in oil and if your paint stays wet, you’ll be able to simulate this to a certain extent.  Feel free to bring your mediums.


3 For Oil Painters: all in containers with lids

1) Odourless Mineral Spirits – must be in a lidded jar/container specifically for cleaning your brushes. The metal container or jar with coil ring is ideal for this

2)  OMS – contained in a small cup/jar with lid which we'll use for painting.

3) OMS MIXED HALF AND HALF WITH OIL such as walnut, linseed, etc. – bring a small lidded cup to put this in ... we'll be using this for painting.

Good idea to bring your bottles of oil and OMS so you can mix it when you need it.

4) If you have a preferred medium already, please feel free to use it. ie. Liquin, gel mediums, galkyd, etc.

Acrylic Painters::

Water Containers::  Bring a couple of containers for your water.

Mediums::  Feel free to bring your favourite acrylic gel mediums and extenders.  

NOTEPAD & PENCIL – to take notes at the demo and for paint mixture notes

PAPER TOWEL - Bring a roll, you'll use lots


PLASTIC WRAP OR WAX PAPER - to cover your palette for take home

PIZZA BOX - optional, to carry your wet painting home in

CAMERA - to photograph your painting, the model and demos


NOTE PAD AND PENCIL - to take notes!


Contact Bobbi:

@bobbidunlop Instagram

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