Art Camp Materials

Supply List for Classes and Camps with Bay Area Art School!

The recommended art supply list for any budding artist:

Must Have:


  • Spiral bound Multimedia drawing book. 9×12 is the ideal size for all projects. Whichever brand you choose, it needs to be a minimum of 85 lbs so we can watercolor in these.
  • Pencils: Mono Tombow Pencils or Staedler Mars lumograph. pencil weights of 2B, HB, 2H – 4 each.
  • Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick (SN64801) or any similar stick eraser.
  • Pens: Pigma Micron black ink pens in .005, 01, .03 sizes
  • Yogurt or Sour Cream containers for brushes and water.
  • Paper towels.
  • Apron or large t-shirt – Remember, acrylic paints leave forever stains.

Acrylic Painting

  • For beginners: Acrylic paints (required): Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red Medium Hue, Yellow Ochre, Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Magenta (or Quinacridone red).
  • Repeat and ongoing students: Additional colors or your own choice such as “Blick Studio Acrylic Paint and Sets” is a good value and a great set. If not these, stay away from student brand paints and get studio or artist level quality.
  • Paint palette:  Flat to go microwavable containers with covers are ideal or a plastic plate.
  • Repeat and ongoing students: Acrylic paint retarder to slow drying time.
  • Multimedia sketchbook 9×11″
  • Blue tape
  • Paper towels
  • Brushes
  • Area and clothing you can be messy in or spill and not ruin something important.


  • Mono Zero Eraser – Tiny eraser that brings massive control to drawings!
  • Pencil Extenders – when pencils get short this extends their life.
  • Watercolors – Watercolor pan set of your choice.
  • Gouache – https://www.dickblick.com/products/talens-art-creation-gouache-sets/
  • Mini travel spray bottle – a must have for painting.
  • Watercolor plastic palette, for watercolors and gouache. We’ll use paper plates for acrylic.
  • Color Pencils – Get a good set of 24 or 36 colors.
  • Brushes – A package of assorted synthetic brushes. Synthetic brushes last much longer!

Art Lover Extras:

  • Pencil art case for all of this stuff – keeps supplies organized and travel safe.
  • Kneaded Eraser.
  • Afmat pencil sharpener is the best for artists and are an excellent product.
  • A plastic palette of your own choosing. I find the best have a mix of wells for color and open areas for mixing values.
  • Blue painters tape – Painters tape helps keep our multimedia books clean and organized.
  • Canson Vidalon Vellum – 9×12 inches (or larger), 50 Sheets.  We use this to transfer drawings or improve them as well as learn basics of color mixing and with oil paints.  It is translucent.
  • Grafix Clear Acetate Sheets and Pads – 9×12 inches (or larger) 25 sheets. This is primarily used to learn about values in painting with acrylics and oils.  It is transparent. Or this…
  • Grafix Dura-Lar Clear Acetate Alternative