TAX FREE SUPPLIES WEEKEND!
Friday, July 30th through Sunday, August 1st
- All art supplies are tax free
- Purchase online for pickup later
Make an appointment to determine what you’ll need if you’re returning from last year.
Students must begin with enough supplies for the entire year (so we don’t interrupt classes as much). If you do run out or lose something, we’ll provide it and charge your account at the end of class.
Foundations, Creations, and Toons – ages 8 to adult – Order supplies with the button below for pick up at the studio in class.
KidsART – ages 6 & 7 – classroom supplies are $50 for the year. You’ll automatically be charged monthly.
Firstlight students need specific items for lessons. We have worked hard to make supplies as affordable as possible – without sacrificing quality where needed. Substitutions with lower quality supplies makes artists frustrated, because they just don’t work well. If you’re going to shop yourself, please check with us first or use the online ordering button below for Blick Art Supplies.
NEW STUDENTS – If you’re new, add a full set of supplies to your cart and pay at checkout when you register for your class – or order later if that’s more convenient.
RETURNING STUDENTS – If you’ve been at Firstlight before, most supplies last about one year, so they’ll need to be replaced. You can also add a full set, without the case if you like, or you can make an appointment to review and replenish.
Supplies at Firstlight
Supplies are always available at our studio at
15% off the MSRP.
Selected from experience.
Tested like crazy with students.
Below is a list of all the specific supplies that are used in our art lessons. We’ve been using this supply list for 15 years at Firstlight Art Academy, and Dennas has used and recommended this palette of colors for over 40 years. You’ll see a lot of basic and familiar items. However, we have streamlined this list as much as possible to keep the cost of supplies as low as possible.
You know how a bad brush is so frustrating you just want to throw it away? Well you should. A bad instrument creates an unhappy artist who will either quit, or create a frustrating work, and it will show. We have selected things that are the lowest expense, but that don’t frustrate artists.
Because the world needs happy artists!
FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
What you need for Online Homeschool Art lessons and where to get it.
- A desktop printer
- Copy paper and card stock copy paper
- The supplies listed below
- Occasional extra items listed in the lessons
- A screen to view demos and resources
- A work area – with drop cloth if needed.
If you want to order from us, we can do a curbside pickup. Just email or give us a call.
Get your paper at any office supply outlet. Card stock is available in white if you look for it, and is a great worksheet print material since students can paint right on it.
Here’s a link to the Blick art site. You can get supplies anywhere you like but we want you to look for the ones below for a balance of quality and low cost. (Disclosure: Our link to Blick is an affiliate link which helps support us.)
Blick Art Supplies
Tapping the button will open a new window with the page to purchase the size canvas pad we recommend. Navigate to other items on the site to complete your supply list. Thank you!
Full set of supplies we use in our all our lessons
(These are for ages 8 and up)
Scroll down below for pictures and full descriptions of each item.
- 14 x 17 Sketch Pad
- 11 x 15 Watercolor Pad
- 12 x 16 Canvas Pad
- 12 x 16 Palette Pad
- Brushes – Set of 4
- Waterproof India Ink
- Pen nib holder
- Artist Nibs
- 2B Drawing Pencil
- 4B Drawing Pencil
- Ebony Pencil
- White Soft Eraser
- Kneaded Eraser
- Soft Compressed Charcoal
- Blending Stumps
- Oil Pastel Set
- 11 x 14 Canvas Boards
- White Modeling Clay
- Colored pencil
- Sandpaper Board
- Palette Knife set
- Artists Tape
- Drawing Board
- Plastic carry case
- Set of 10 acrylic paints (see below)
Here are our 10 required colors that work for our program. All the colors except white should be student grade, but student grade white is very frustrating to use. We recommend professional grade white. We try to use single pigment translucent colors for versatility.
These are pigments that produce the largest range of colors when mixed. You can make the most vibrant colors, yet mix them down into some beautiful neutrals using our methods of mixing. All of them are as translucent as possible (except white), which allows these to be used for glazing, and for making inexpensive student-grade watercolors.
Note that sometimes you’ll see the word HUE on a color, such as Cadmium Red Light Hue. This means there is no actual cadmium in the tube. That’s good because cadmium is a heavy metal and is toxic like lead. You should be able to see the pigments listed, or at least a number for the pigment.
Pigment codes use the letter P for “pigment” and basic color name initials next, such as Y for “yellow” and R for “red”. B by itself is “blue”, Br is “brown”, and Bk is “black”. So PR23 is a red pigment
Tap the bars below to open each into a more in-depth description with pigment information.
1. Yellow Light
Info: Intense yellow with no white or red pigments added at all. This needs to be a pure intense bright yellow.
2. Bright Red
Pigment: PR254, or PR170
Info: pyrrol red PR254 is usually the brighter of the two. Napthol is PR170
Info: quinacridone is by far the most vivid magenta color.
Info: quinacridone violet PV19 is sometimes mixed in with dioxazine violet PV23
5. Ultramarine Blue
6. Cyan Blue
Info: cerulean PB35 is ok but more toxic, cyan PB15 is more versatile, although a derivative of Phthalocyanine Blue. There are many variations of PB15, a copper-based pigment, and several tubes that list this can actually be different colors. Cyan or process Cyan are the most vivid versions, usually.
7. Phthalo Green
Info: get blue shade, if noted.
8. Raw Sienna
Info: this is actually a dark yellow, and can be made from various pigments: PBr6, PBr7, which are almost identical, and PY42, PY43, which are chemically identical. All of these are variations of iron oxides. The apparent color of raw sienna will vary significantly from brand to brand
9. Burnt Umber
Info: traditionally made with brown iron oxide PBr7, cheaper brands will use a combination of synthetic iron oxide red PR101 and a bit of mars black PBk11 to darken it. It works well though.
10. Titanium White - Professional grade
Info: larger tubes are economical and the professional grade will be used less.