Dates: 04/11/2017 - 06/15/2017
Meets on: Tuesday Thursday
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuition: $765
Level: All Levels Welcome
Instructors: Ginger Mills

The Part-Time Classical Program students forge their foundational drawing and painting abilities as the instructor guides them through a sequential curriculum over a one year period. However, this timeline is the default template and can be individually adjusted per discussion with the instructor.

On Tuesday evenings students work from individual projects (still-life, casts, master copies and other) and Thursday evenings from a live model. During class, the instructor works with students individually and demos or lectures when appropriate.

This program is perfect for beginning and experienced students who are serious about building a classical foundation, but are unable to accommodate the time commitment of a full-time Atelier.

Special Notes:
This workshop will be taking place at our GAGE SOUTH LOCATION

Gage South at Equinox Studios in Georgetown
6520 5th Ave S. 98108

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Supply List

Drawing Supplies

-Black conte pencils (wooden), 2 of each HB and 2B – Conte a Paris, pierre noire
-Graphite pencils wooden, variety with at least 3 of each HB and 2B.
-Staedtler Mars Technico 2mm Led Holder
-2mm leads, variety including 2H, 2B, HB (Alvin brand is fine, too).
-2mm lead sharpener. I like my Staedtler Mars Rotary.
-Optional: Vine charcoal, one box each Soft, HB, Hard (Nitram or Fusains)
-General’s compressed charcoal pencil or Pitt Pastel pencil, black
-General’s white chalk pencil or Pitt Pastel pencil, white
-Newsprint pad(s) 18×24 – smooth (if you can find it, we can make do with rough)
-Drawing pad 18×24 – Strathmore 400 series, 80lb or comparable
-Toned drawing paper, one or two sheets, choose lightly tinted such as Earth, Green/Gray or Sky Blue
-Drawing board
-Bulldog clips to hold paper to board, at least 2
-Flat edge razor blade
-Sand paper, 220 grit. Get the full sheets from a hardware store. The finger sized pieces sold at art supply stores won’t do you any good.
-Kneaded eraser
-Optional: Pen body eraser such as the Tombow Mono Zero
-Plumb line (like a bolt tied to the end of a string)
-Skewer or knitting needle
-Artist tape
-Canson trasing paper
-Sketchbook (any size)
Note: For the first class, bring sketchbook and/or notebook for notes, drawing board, alligator clips, newsprint pad, conte pencils, flat edge razor, and sandpaper. We will go over the supply list the first day. Meantime, if you have questions, please feel free to email me at
As a student, you are eligible for 10% discounts at local art supply stores such as Daniel Smith, Blick, Dakota, and others. I buy my most of my own supplies at

Painting Supplies

-Wooden Palette – oval with thumb hole
-Palette Knife – Carbon or stainless steel, raised handle (so that your fingers fit under handle when holding knife flat), tapered tip.
-DS Sol or Gamsol, but NOT just “Odorless Mineral Spirits” – they are not the same thing. No other solvent is allowed in the studio.
-Solvent container with sealable top – this is useful for cleaning brushes (Silicoil or metal type with hinged lid).
-Optional: Two small containers/palette cups WITH lids that can clip onto palette – one of these filled with solvent is enough for a painting session.
-Refined or Cold Pressed Linseed oil (refined is much cheaper, and fine for now).
-Gamblin Galkyd Gel
-Masters Brush cleaning cake or Ivory soap bar
-Paper towels, shop towels, or rags for wiping brushes. I use Scott blue shop towels.
-Brushes: long handled, filbert sizes 4, 6, 8 and 12 (one can never have too many brushes). Two of each. Inexpensive, synthetic brushes. Bristle brushes are good too, but I usually use synthetics. If you get bristle brushes I suggest sizes 2, 4, 6 and 10. I also like to have a couple of super tiny round brushes, but they’re not required for this class. Later you will need a large gesso brush.
-Canvas: have several small panels that are 8×10, 9×12 or 11×14. A pad of canvas sheets that you attach to a board is also ok. Later we will use medium sizes such as 14×18, 16×20, or 18×24, 20×24. Pre-stretched canvas is okay if you are willing to give them another coat or two of gesso. We’ll talk about paint surfaces so you can hold off on getting the medium-big sizes. You may want to make your own.
-Can of white acrylic gesso for later in term.
-Paints – do NOT get student grade such as WN Winton. Also I have not heard good reports about water soluble oil paints. This is a set of basic colors:
Titanium White*
Flake or Cremnitz White (which is Lead White)*
Ivory Black*
Raw Umber*
Raw Sienna (or Yellow Ochre)
Cad Yellow Medium
Cad Red Light and/or Vermillion (I prefer Cad Red Light over Vermilion)
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue
In addition, you may wish to add:
Nickel Yellow
Naples Yellow Italian (Williamsburg)
Ultramarine Blue
*If you are new to painting you’ll only need these four colors to learn paint handling in grisaille. You may want to have the others on hand for experimentation, but they are only necessary if you are starting the year in color.
As a student, you are eligible for 10% discounts at local art supply stores such as Daniel Smith, Blick, Dakota, and others. I buy most of my own supplies at For any questions, please email me at