In order to create beautiful paintings one needs quality materials. At the Golden Gate Atelier we value craftsmanship. Students learn how to grind pigments and to prepare canvases in the traditional manner. We offer workshops where the properties of various mediums and pigments are demonstrated. While traditional handmade materials are best, this is not always practical. There are good manufacturers of all the materials necessary for the artist.

Natural Pigments
1250 Blosser Ln
Willits, CA 95490
(707) 456-9192

Zecchi colori e belle arti
via dello Studio 19r
Florence, Italy

Sinopia Pigments & Materials
1340 Bryant Street @ Division
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 824-3180

Recommended Books on Oil Painting Materials & Techniques

  • Ralph Mayer.  The Artist’s Handbook. New York: Viking Penguin, 1991.
  • Charles Eastlake. Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools and Masters. Dover, 1960.
  • Massey, Robert.  Formulas for Painters. New York: Watson-Guptill, 1988.