Landscape Painting in Acrylic

All you need the first night is:

  • A painting support surface (a pre-primed stretch canvas or canvas board; 9x12 or 11x14)
  • Peanut butter or similar jar for water
  • Palette or pad of palette paper
  • #2 pencil
  • A landscape picture you are thinking about doing (more than one is okay)
  • If you are messy, an old shirt to wear as a smock

The following will be discussed the first night, then purchased for the second session. This allows for a group order if anyone wants to place one. Paints and brushes will be available the first night for students to use.


  • Lemon yellow, or, if not available where you go, cadmium yellow light
  • Cadmium yellow medium
  • Cadmium red light
  • Alizarin crimson (Dick Blick has this in brands: Golden, Liquitex, and Dick Blick)
  • Thalo blue
  • Ultramarine blue


  • Surface support is what you will be painting on. 11” x 14” is a great size to start with. Only get a pre-primed support.
  • Stretched primed basic ¾” canvas. If this is the first time you have painted or are fairly new, don’t go larger than 16” x 20”.
  • Or canvas board


  • Natural bristle brushes are best; however, they can be expensive.
  • If you want to buy just a few brushes, get:
    • #2, #10 and #18 flat
    • #4 and #8 round
  • You can also get a pack of brushes in a holder at Hobby Lobby that is great for beginners. Usually contains about 12 brushes.

Other stuff

  • Peanut butter jar with lid for holding water
  • If you are messy, an old shirt
  • Rag
  • Palette paper
  • Or plastic palette and plastic cling wrap

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Local stores

Any questions, please e-mail me at or call instructor John Foster at 636-288-8887.