Supply lists are posted on an ongoing basis. For courses that are not listed here, materials will be discussed during the first class meeting or students should contact the faculty member teaching the course. The following courses have posted supply lists:

Class code and Name

PAI 1060 C1/FAMB 0149        Oil Painting: A Primer with Laura Fischman

DES 2028 C1/FAMB 0010       Introduction to Adobe Illustrator with Kevin Dacey

DES 1021 C1/FAMB 0018       Fundamentals of 2-D Design with Kevin Dacey

DRW 2012  C1/FAMB 0002    Anatomy of Muscles with Kathleen Quigley

PAI 2051 C1/FAMB 0147        Mapping and Drawing with Heidi Whitman

PHT 1030 C1/FAMB 0134      Digital Photography I with Dan O'Connor


PAI 1060/FAMB 0149             Oil Painting: A Primer with Laura Fischman

This class meets Thursdays from 6:30-9:45

We will go over the materials in the first class – you do not need to have the materials – other than a pencil, sketchbook, eraser and ruler, for the first class.

Where to shop:

The SMFA School Store
Dick Blick in Boston and Cambridge
Artist & Craftsman in Cambridge


  • One Pad of Fredrix brand or other brand of real canvas paper (gessoed) 18” x 24”
  • One sketchbook – small enough that you can carry with you, and big enough to draw in (9 x 12” is perfect)
  • Palette Knife: Metal Painting Palette Knife: small –medium bent shank trowel shape or teardrop shaped metal palette knife like the Richeson 895 or Blick Style 22 or 44
  • Palette Sheets: Pad of Disposable Palette Sheets like Canson disposable palette sheets 12 x 16” or larger  (not the ones with a hole in them), or Blick Studio Disposable Palette Paper
  • Medium: 1 quart of Gamsol Solvent
  • Containers: 2 smallish glass jars with tight sealing lids and wide mouths (old salsa containers, jam jars, etc. are perfect) – one for cleaner and one for medium.
  • If you already have brushes, you can use them, though you may need to supplement some at the instructor’s suggestion.  An assortment of brushes (3 Filbert and 3 Flat or Bright, and 1 smallish round) in assorted sizes – small, medium and large (natural bristle or synthetic sable). Some examples:
  • Robert Simmons 14 (40 Broad)
  • Utrecht Natural Chungking Pure Bristle Brushes, 209B Bright size 8
  • Utrecht White Nylon Sable, 232, Bright Size 20
  • Robert Simmons Signet, Filbert size 11
  • Utrecht 300B-4 Bright size 4
  • Utrecht 209-B Bristle Brush, Bright size 2
  • Utrecht 233, White Nylon Sable, Round, size 10
  • Optional: One large soft brush (watercolor brushes work) 30-50 in size.  (I like the MegaBrush in filbert from Dick Blick across the street). One small round brush.
  • Oil Paint: Paints vary in quality and price – generally the more expensive paints have a higher level of pigment and thus last longer.  This said, you do not need to buy the most expensive paints sold -- Winsor Newton, Gamblin, Rambrandt and Utrecht brand (available at Dick Blick) are fine.  Gamblin’s 1980 paints are probably the most affordable.
  • You need: Small tubes (37 ml) of: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Alizarin, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Light, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Ivory Black, and a large tube (150 ml) of Titanium White.
  • Optional: Cadmium Orange, Dioxazine Purple, Cerulean Blue
  • An HB or 2B pencil, 1” masking tape, An Eraser, a Rular, 
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap, Old Master’s Brush Cleaner or Dawn soap - to clean brushes (available at super market), Nitrile disposable gloves (I get them at the hardware store)
  • Cotton rags (an old t-shirt cut into strips, or paper towels (I like the blue shop towels available at hardware stores)
  • Some sort of bag, box or case in which to put your supplies
  • A clamp light or lamp with a bendy neck, and an extension cord if possible
  • A cardboard box in which to set up a still life
  • Collected objects for still life painting.
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or an apron to paint in.

PRT 4021/FAMB 0077            Monoprint with Emily Reinauer

This class meets Wednesday 6:30-9:45

Bring to the first class:

Assortment of pencils, pens, and drawing materials
Smooth/lightweight and heavy printmaking paper (Rives lightweight, Stonehenge, Arches 
Cover, Rives BFK, etc.)

There will be time to purchase materials at the beginning of the first class.

Assorted Brushes
Assorted drawing and mark-making tools
Nitrile gloves
Shop Towels
Masking tape
Plates: lexan, copper, mylar, cardboard, etc.
Etching needle
Newsprint pad
Watercolors Sketchbook/notebook
Variety of printmaking papers (Rives BFK, Rives Lightweight, Kozo, Arches Cover, etc).
Exacto knife

DES 1021 C2  Fundamentals of 2-D Design, Kevin Dacey

This class meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:45

Depending on your choice of materials for the final projects, some additional materials may be needed as we progress through the semester. This is a select group, and they represent the vehicles for your ideas. The simplicity of the materials will be discussed.

1 Sketchbook /Notebook (at least 8x10”, grid lined ones can also be helpful) Mandatory.
1 Pad 11x14" Bristol Vellum Paper, 1 pad (more may be needed)
A couple of your favorite drawing pens, black ink.
1 OLFA knife and pack of extra blades (you will need to use a new blade for almost every work). The Olfa style knife offers more options in cutting precision, the thin pencil style knives are good for detail work.
Cutting Mat, ‘self-healing’, not cardboard, MANDATORY
1 Bottle of SOBO glue
1 glue stick
1 package black construction paper
An assortment of colored paper. 10+ colors..The more colors you have the better
A selection of magazines or books which can be torn up
1 Color Wheel, any size

Preferred Art Supply Stores:
SMFA Store, Blick, Artist and Craftsman Supply

DRW 2012 – C1/FAMB 0002           Anatomy of Muscles with Kathleen Quigley

This class meets Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:45

Selection of drawing pencils ranging from 3B-8B

18x24 inexpensive drawing pad, white 80 or 50lb NO NEWSPRINT

24x26” drawing clip board

Small set of colored pencil

Graphite sticks

Kneaded eraser and or magic rub type eraser

Pencil sharpener

PAI 2051 C1 / FAMB 0147      Mapping and Drawing with Heidi Whitman

This class meets Mondays from 2 to 5pm

Images to work from- maps, charts, photographs, magazine and newspa- per material, computer print outs, collage materials of interest. THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO BRING.

Required book: “The Map as Art” by Katharine Harmon, Princeton Archi- tectural Press available in paperback and from Amazon used
1" masking tape and 1 jar of YES glue
Soba, glue stick, or other glue
Jar of matt or gloss acrylic medium
X-acto knife
cutting mat, and scissors
A couple of plastic water containers and a few small Dixie cups
2 cheap soft Chinese brushes- 1/2"
Pad of palette paper (acrylic) and a large plastic palette for watercolor/gouache Bottle of black, brown, and colored inks
cheap sumi brush for ink
Any other drawing material you have -pencils, pastels, oil pastels, watercolor crayons or pencils, prismacolor watercolor markers, etc.
Black and colored microns or sharpie markers
1 small Ampersand cradled aquabord, clayboard, or gesso board
A couple of sheets of Stonehenge or other heavy paper to paint on ( 30"x 40") 1 sheet of black d’Arches cover paper
3 sheets of Borden and Riley Denril drafting film/vellum
1 sheet of wet media poly (prepared acetate)-Duralar is the brand
At least 3 sheets of 140 lb.d’Arches watercolor paper
both cold and hot press 3 sheets of kitakata rice paper 16"x 20" or mulberry rice paper
Painters will need watercolor and/or gouache, and/or acrylic. Buy a range of colors including black and white. I’d suggest getting a warm and a cool in blue, red, yellow, and green. Avoid Reeves and Savoir Faire sets (bad quality).
Student grade paints are fine.
1” flat wash brush and a #12 round brush for watercolor and gouache.
2 brushes for acrylics of similar size to the brushes above.

We’ll go over this list in the first class so I’d suggest waiting to buy new supplies. Since you’ll be experimenting with a wide range of materials buying everything may be prohibitive. Demonstrations of some materials will be given, and you might want to share and trade materials. If you are planning to draw and not use paint disregard all the painting supplies listed.

For the first class please bring a paper map or two that you’re willing to collage. You’ll also need scissors or an X-acto knife, glue, and a micron or sharpie. If you already have paints you could bring them as well.

PHT 1030 C1/FAMB 0134      Digital Photography I with Dan O'Connor

This class meets on Saturdays from 9am to 12:15pm

Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster (8.5 x 11", 50 Sheets)

one of many places that carry this product:

Optional supply, as needed, would be:
Digital Memory Cards (SD or CF card appropriate for their cameras)