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I highly recommend the small-size Pro Art folding palettes. They are cheap (3.50 each at my local art store), sturdy and well-designed: nice rounded wells for paint and a snap to close and store. For workshops with mostly uninitiated participants, I make paint sets with these palettes and van gogh tube paints (I also find the quality of these to be fairly good). Because you're selling each student a few wells of paint instead of full tubes

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On Sep 12, 2014, at 3:39 PM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> HI folks:
> I've scratched my head over many seasons of how to provide quality watercolor supplies to a community college adult-education classes. The participants do not want to spend money on supplies, and I just can't accept the stuff they purchase Sprawl-mart. We do not have an art store. They do not think ahead or have time to order on line. Even if I request a specific product, they will try to bring substandard paper, which is not worthy of lining a bird cage.  So, I am thinking I shall purchase the materials and sell them directly to the student. There is a craft store (similar to a Michaels) in town and I won't shop there. 
> Can you add any thoughts about the minimum materials?
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> This class is for two days only. Level: Beyond Basics. 
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> Brush: a #8 round, Silver Brush (Black Velvet series 3000) . I have been very impressed with this inexpensive brush, and use it frequently
> Watercolor: Winsor & Newton, or Daniel Smith: one tube each of yellow, red, blue. 
> Paper: I will tear full sheets of 140lb Fabriano Artistico into 8th sheets, they will need 8 pieces. (at least).
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> I'm trying to keep this to an absolute minimum cost, both for me (having to keep in on hand if it doesn't sell in class- or use it myself), and for them or they won't sign up. 
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> They will then bring the other materials, palette, board, tape, etc. 
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> Just wondering if this sparks any ideas. 
> Have a wonderful weekend. 
> Linda
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