Materials Lists

Locate the list of required materials for your course by selecting the instructor’s name from the menu on the left.

If you do not know your instructor or do not see his/her name listed, please call the front desk at the Center: 914-606-7500

Some of the required course materials may be purchased at the Center’s in-house art supply store. Please call if you would like to know whether a particular item is available. 


Portfolio Presentation

Instructor: Margery Appelbaum
-masonite drawing board with paper holding clip
-8B 6B, 4B, 2B, HB, and 4H drawing pencils
-small, manual pencil sharpener
-compressed and vine charcoals. one package of each (Prisma Color brand excellent quality)
-18” x 24” heavy vellum drawing paper.
-exacto knife & blades
-blue, non-stick masking tape
-kneaded eraser
-glue stick or spray adhesive
-24” metal ruler
-four (4” x 6”) blank note cards
-24” metal ruler
-acrylic glazing medium (matte)
-glue gun, glue sticks (optional)
-tackle box to hold materials
-spray fixative
-white dust mask (must have!)
-24” x 30” white mounting boards for final presentation (optional)

Painting I, II, III
instructor:Seth Michael Forman
-A sketchbook at least 9 x 12”, and pencil
-18” ruler
-‘Silicoil” brush cleaner tank (a jar with coil for cleaning brushes) Do not purchase the cleaner fluid- only the jar with coil!
-16 oz Turpenoid Natural (green can)
Absolutely NO TURPENTINE, TURPENOID or other ODORLESS paint thinners!

-A small bottle of Linseed oil (not Stand Linseed oil)
-A small bottle of rectified turpentine or distilled turpentine

Oil colors:
-Titanium white- large tube
-Cadmium red medium (or cadmium red Hue), or Napthol Scarlet
-Cadmium yellow medium (or cadmium yellow Hue)
-Ultramarine blue
-Cadmium orange or Mono Orange
-Dioxazine Purple
-Permanent Green, or Chromium Oxide green

Acrylic colors:
-Titanium white
-Ivory black

Oil paint brushes (hogs hair bristles):
filberts -small, medium and large. Additional sizes will also be useful.

Acrylic paint brushes:
– synthetic rounds- medium size


-5 or 6 canvas boards or canvases 18 x 24” (you may prepare them yourself, and you will need to prime them gray)

-approximately 6 -10 canvas boards:
(Painting 1- 11” x 14”. Painting 2 and Painting 3- 16” x 20”)

-And 1 or 2 prepared gray canvases exactly 24 x 30” (see canvas preparation below)

-Extra-Large wooden palette
-palette knife
-a small palette cup
-paper towels or rags

Contemporary Painting
Instructor: David Fox
Required colors:
-titanium white- large tube
-ivory black- large tube
-cadmium yellow medium
-cadmium red medium
-ultramarine blue

Optional colors:
-burnt umber
-burnt sienna
-yellow ochre
-raw umber
-cadmium orange
-alizarin crimson
-thalo blue
-oxide green
-prussian blue
-a good range of bristle brushes: small and medium. large brushes can be bought at the hardware store. 1” & 2”
-paper palette
-palette knife
-odorless thinner
-canvas or canvas board (you may use canvas paper)

Life Painting
Instructor: David Fox
-stretched canvases preferably 30” x 24” minimum
-roll of paper: good quality drawing paper or watercolor paper
-large sheets of paper: bristol, printmaking paper or heavy drawing paper
-mat board
-preferably acrylic paints but oils are ok
Other media:
-charcoal, pencils, erasers, ink, small jar of gesso and other drawing media.
-paint palette
-palette knife
-brushes: regular painting brushes and a few “chip brushes”

Instructor: David Fox
-smooth white printmaking or drawing paper (may be available to purchase at WCC bookstore)
5-10 pc. 18” X 24” or 22” X 30”
recommended paper: stonehenge paper
-brushes: an array of cheap brushes various sizes
-black etching ink: oil based
(optional: you may buy a few colors if you like)
-1 container of vegetable oil
-If you want to work large you can bring your own plexiglass. We recommended 1 pc. of 16X20 plexiglass no larger.
-optional: brayer

Other materials to be discussed in class: Linoleum and cutting tools.
Label all tools with your name

Portrait Drawing, Drawing Fundamentals
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore
-18″x 24″ smooth paper pad (medium quality)
-HB, 2B, 4B and 6B artist’s lead pencils
-pencil sharpener and kneaded eraser
-can of workable fixative (Krylon)
-18″ ruler (drawing fundamentals only)
-charcoal pencils / sanguine or conte pencils
-masonite drawing board
-large clips for paper pads

Portrait Painting, Life Painting, Traditional Painting
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore

Primed canvas on stretcher bars is preferred to canvas board – which is vulnerable to moisture and warping. Linen canvas is stronger and more durable than cotton canvas. Alternatives to canvas: smooth wood and plywood panels are superior to masonite particleboard.

A wood palette is highly recommended over recessed and disposable palettes. The warm wood tone is more ideal for accuracy in mixing color; particularly flesh tones.

Oil painting requires durable brushes that will stand up to repeated use and the effects of oils, varnishes and cleaning solvents. There are 6 different brush shapes: rounds, flats, brights, filberts, fan blenders and riggers. Bristle flats and filberts are strong and the most versatile to use. Fan blenders are used to feather wet paint and soften brushstrokes. Riggers are synthetic sable hair and are used for fine detail. It is ideal to have 2 brushes, in 5 to 6 different sizes (ex. #2, #4, #6, #8, #10 and a few different sized fan blenders).

I recommend the use of quality oil pigments. Winsor & Newton has a fine line of professional and student grade colors. The “core” colors of my palette are: 1-Flake White 2- Yellow Ochre 3- CadmiumYellow Light 4-Cadmium Red Light 5-Alizarin Crimson 6- Burnt Umber7-Viridian 8- Cobalt Blue 9-Ultramarine Blue 10- Ivory Black

-Mediums – LINSEED OIL and a metal oil cup – (dipper).
-RETOUCH VARNISH (spray can for restoring dull areas of a painting to its original luster)
-PALETTE KNIVE (for mixing paint and cleaning your palette)
-MAHLSTICK (for steading your hand while painting details)
-METAL BRUSH WASHER (used for turpenoid and cleaning brushes)
-COTTON RAGS (paper towels break up to easily)

Drawing I (3-credit)
instructor: Deborah Lutz
-18” x 24” Newsprint pad
-18” x 24” Drawing pad
-8.5” x 11.5” sketch/notebook
-Masonite board with clips
-Vine charcoal
-Pencils HB, 2B, 6B, 8B
-Kneaded eraser
-Gum eraser
-Black markers- a variety
-Compressed Charcoal soft, medium
-Workable fixative
-18” metal ruler
-Paper stumps
-Chamois cloth
-Masking tape
-Portfolio for carrying stuff 

Drawing Fundamentals, Drawing 2, Drawing 3
Instructor: Bruce Waldman
-newsprint pad (18″ x 24″)
-conte crayons: black, white, brown
-kneaded eraser

Required Materials & Supplies for Phototgraphy 1
Professor Susi Dugaw

Supply expenses, not including camera, are between $150- $ 200. 

35mm Camera with: normal lens, adjustable exposure controls, and light meter all in working order by next class. Buy a new battery, install it, & check the camera meter works. 

Film: 9 rolls of Kodak Tri-X (TX), 1 roll T-Max 100 (TMX). Buy in 36 exposures.

Photographic Printing Paper: DO NOT OPEN THIS BOX IN LIGHT

  • 100 Sheets of Photographic Paper for the semester. Packs of 25 sheets fit into your binder but boxes of 100 costs less per sheet.
  • 8×10, RC, Multigrade            (Size and Type)
  • Brand: Ilford, or other store brands.
  • Any type of surface: glossy, pearl, mat, or satin.

Negative Sleeves: Print File #35-7B, Pioneer Style N-875, Photoco #NP25, PhotocoCP35-7HB.

Binder: 2” three ring binder for Notes, Handouts, Paper, Negatives, Contacts and Prints.

Antistatic cloth and canned air: Used to keep dust off negatives.

Soft Pencil: Use to make notes on back of paper when making prints. CFA sells a 4B.

Towel:  Old hand towel to dry hands while working in the darkroom.

Optional: Tripod, china marker, magnifier, apron, neutral spot tone, #000 spotting brush.

Required Textbook

“A Short Course in Photography”, ISBN-10: 0205066402, ISBN-13: 978-0205066407, 8th Edition, by Barbara London & J. Stone, publisher: Prentice Hall. Available at WCC Bookstore 914-347-3858.  5th – 7th editions, are OK but not available at WCC bookstore. Some page assign may be different but the material is the same. There is a 7th edition in WCC Library on reserve. You can also find information on Website study guide:  Chapters #’s are on top of the page

Photo Suppliers: Always Ask About Student Discounts

   Westchester, Rockland, and Connecticut:

Arista: 914-337-7733                                     84 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville

Eastchester Photo: 914-961-6596                132 Fischer Ave., Eastchester

Home Fair Camera: 914-834-4564             1330 Boston Post Rd., Larchmont

Photo Works: 914-769-6425                          465 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville

Sam’s Camera: 914-666-3383                       195 N Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco 
                               914-725-1616                        979 Central Ave., Scarsdale

Scott’s Camera: 914-737-4081                     12 South Division Street, Peekskill

Camera Wholesalers: 203-358-8080          2770 Summer St, Stamford

 Manhattan and New Jersey:

B & H Photo: 800-221-5662                         420 Ninth Ave (33rd & 34th), Sun.-Fri

UniquePhoto: 800-631-0300                     11 Vreeland Rd. M-Sat                   Floram Park, NJ 07932

The above information is subject to change: call to check hours and product availability.