Stan Sperlak Pastel Workshop Basic Supply List:

There is nothing unusual here: Most of my classes are a crossover of inside and outside work. Weather rules.

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__As many soft pastels as you feel comfortable traveling with. It will be more important to have a logical range of colors relating to the subject/workshop than it is to have every stick made on the planet. Color range is more important than size of sticks. Having them broken on the plane or car is not worth bringing so many. Try to devise a way to keep your pastels in one container so your access/set/up and travel is easier. __An assortment of papers mostly in 8x10/ 9x12, 11x14 sizes Pastel Premier, la Carte etc, ___a few larger is OK 12x18 works well. Canson board, Uart sanded paper, pastel boards, new products your choice/all fine.

__Drawing pad or paper for notes and sketches__A roll of kraft (brown) paper or just 6-8 sheets 11x14

__Charcoal sticks/pencils and__ kneaded eraser __maybe some nu-pastels if you have them

__A back board slightly larger than your paper __ white masking tape/clips/pins__rubber bands

__A couple extra pieces of fom-cor to place finished works in between slightly larger than your paper

__A small lightweight easel is best for airline travelers (some easels may available/lend at the studio)OR:

__A standard field easel (often inside, we use field easels but don’t open the legs and set them on tables)

__A knapsack or canvas bag to hold miscellaneous supplies__shoes that are comfy __Sunbrella?

__Wipes __ old brush or two __camera__ notepad __ meds __water __lunch__sunblock__bug spray __Some photographs you might use of subject matter that you are at ease with and relates to the workshop. (NOTE: My reliance on photos is limited as we will sketch and do studies from our car if the weather is bad and return with them to the easel as I prefer life or studies from life over photos, Also, if this is an indoor workshop, please bring a__ drop cloth for the floor, and your iPad for reference as well.)

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Note: Students spend far too much time with their supplies, carting in, setting up, breaking down etc. I ask that you consider what you are bringing, how important it all is, how it relates to the simple list above and how much work it is to move and open up. Get a bigger bag, use a rolling suitcase or backpack. Leaving pastels in 5 different manufacturers boxes is a recipe for organizational distress. You will be more worried about your supplies than creating art. Start with a box that you make up of a range of colors you know you use and enjoy. In general, these are indoor/outdoor workshops that have varied exercises and more from life and concepts it will be about speed and spontaneity and exploration. The student isn’t expected to produce fully resolved studio works. The exercises we do are meant to train you for those masterpieces when you continue painting on your own. If you do find one working well, then by all means let’s finish it, but keep your mind open to learning. Get Ready to WORK HARD!