Not sure if you need a textbook or specific supplies for your class? We update this list each quarter with our instructors' current requirements.

If you don't see your class listed here, there are no required materials; however, some art classes prefer to go over recommended supplies on the first day of class.


Look for textbooks online or at local bookstores.

Recommended text:
Master ASL - Level One (with DVD)

  • Author: Jason E. Zinza
  • ASIN: BOON4F390Q
  • Publisher: DawnSignPress

Recommended text:

Signing Naturally Unit 1 - 6

  • Publisher: DawnSignPress
  • ISBN-10: 1581212216

Recommended text:

Signing Naturally Unit 7 - 12

  • Publisher: DawnSignPress
  • ISBN-10: 1581212216

Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Edition

  • Author: Rejane de Oliveira Slade.
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300116311.

Czech Express 1

  • Author: Lida Hola and Pavla Borilova
  • ISBN: 978-80-87481-22-6
  • Publisher: Akropolis

While no texts are required for this course, here are a few optional texts recommended by the instructor:

Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals

  • Author: Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
  • ISBN: 978-1119002253
  • Publisher: Wiley

The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios

  • Authors: Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, Andy Cotgreave
  • ISBN: 978-1119282716
  • Publisher: Wiley

Communicating Data with Tableau: Designing, Developing, and Delivering Data Visualizations

  • Author: Ben Jones
  • ISBN: 978-1449372026
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media

Northstar Listening and Speaking 3

  • Authors: Solórzano & Schmidt
  • ISBN: 978-0-13-294040-5
  • Publisher: Pearson 2014


  • Authors: Chase & Johannsen
  • ISBN 978-11113-98651
  • Publisher: Cengage

Suggested book:
Surface Design for Fabric, by Kimberly Irwin, Fairchild Books.

Recommended reading:
9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion, by Nancy Riegelman,

Suggested book:
Deutsch Na klar! An Introductory German Course Student Edition, 5th Edition

  • Author: Robert Di Donato, Monica Clyde, Jacqueline Vansant
  • ISBN: 9780073535326
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Also available through the instructor during class

How to Write About Food: How to Become a Published Restaurant Critic, Food Journalist, Cookbook Author, and Food Blogger, Kindle or iTunes Edition

  • Author: S.J. Sebellin-Ross
  • ASIN: B007J75YTY

Essential Italian Grammar

  • Author: Olga Ragusa, Dover Publications Inc
  • ISBN: 9780486207797
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication Date: 06/01/1963

Required textbook: Japanese For Busy People, 3rd Edition. Romanised Version

  • Japanese For Busy People, 3rd Edition.
  • Romanized Version ISBN: 978-1-56836-384-4
    or Kana Version ISBN: 978-1-56836-385-1
  • Check online for best prices.

Recommended Reading:

The Complete Distiller; 2nd Edition

  • Authors: Michael Nixon & Michael McCaw
  • ISBN: 193576103X
  • Publisher: Amphora Society

Required Text: The American Sign Language Phrase Book with DVD, 3rd edition

      • Author: Barbara Bernstein Fant and Lou Fant
      • ISBN-10: 0071497137I or SBN-13: 9780071497138
      • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

Como se Dice…?

      • Author: Lebredo Jarvis and Mena-Ayllon
      • 8th Edition. ASIN: B00198H54Q

McGraw Hill's Complete Medical Spanish; 2nd edition

      • Author: Joanna Rios, Jose Fernandez Torres
      • ISBN-13: 978-0071664295.
      • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

Spanish in 10 minutes a day with CD-ROM, 1st edition

      • Author: Kristine K. Kershul
      • ISBN: 9781931873116
      • Publisher: Bilingual Books, Inc

How To Teach English Book with DVD; 1st Edition

      • Author: Jeremy Harmer
      • ISBN: 9781405853095
      • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
      • Publication Date: 05/21/2007

Grammar for English Language Teachers, 2nd Edition

      • Author: Martin Parrott
      • ISBN: 9780521712040
      • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
      • Publication Date: 01/14/2010

New Perspectives HTML and CSS: Comprehensive, 6th Edition

      • Author: Patrick Carey
      • ISBN: 9781111526443
      • Publisher: Course Technology

English the American Way: A Fun Guide to Language and Culture in the US, 2nd Edition.


All instructors will go over a more detailed supply list on the first day of class.

  • Inexpensive acrylic paint
  • Inexpensive puring medium
  • A simple notebook that will be used as a journal

titanium white
light yellow hue (or cad. light yellow hue)
medium yellow hue (or cad. med. yellow hue)
medium orange (or cad. med. orange hue)
medium red hue (or cad. med. red hue)
dioxazine purple
ultramarine blue
pthalo blue
pthalo green
mars black or ivory black

Paint brands
Paints can be in any of these (or similar) brands:

Liquitex Basics
Grumbacher Academy
Winsor Newton Galeria
Master's Touch/ Fine Touch
Blick (tubes not jars - Blick acrylic tubes are great, but the squeeze jars are too liquidy)

Media (to mix in with paints) - optional 
Acrylic medium - matte, not gloss - great for blending and layering! It is optional for because water can also be used, but acrylic medium is even better.

Preferably long-handled - how many you get of each is optional, as long as you get one or two of each type

Filberts (1 to 3 filberts): #1,#2,#3, #4, #5, #6
Angle brush (1-2 angle brushes): #1, #2
Round brushes (1-2 round brushes): #1, #2
Flat brush (just 1): 3/4 inch or 1 inch flat brush

Options: stretched canvases, canvas boards, or masonite boards

Stretched canvases (preferable - best option) - you can get these gradually, as we see how many we're going to get done this quarter. It's often best to start with the smaller sizes and work your way up to larger sizes.)

Or canvas boards or masonite board can be used as well. Canvas boards warp a bit more than stretched canvas over time and are harder to hang.

Recommended canvas sizes: 12x16, 14x18, 16x20, possibly 18x24, if you get really adventurous!

Watercolor paper
For practice. They are usually cheapest in pad, or several people can share a pad.

Individual sheets or watercolor pad

Sizes: 9x12, 11x14, 12x16, 12x18


Disposable paper palette: 9x12 or 12x16 (bigger is better) - Paper plates can help give you extra palette area


Stay Wet Palette 12x16

Other supplies
Jars for water
Paper towels

Optional supplies
Small table easel
Spray bottle

  • Acrylic paint: Basic colors
  • Paintbrushes: Various sizes
  • Mixed media tablet: 11"x14"
  • Tracing paper
  • Fine point scissors
  • Glue
  • Canvas board
  • Sketchbook
  • 24 soft color pencils
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • One white acrylic color

* Reguired Supplies (others are optional)

  • Drawing Pencils
    • 2B & 6B Pencils *
    • 4B & 8B Pencils
  • Charcoal Pencils
    • Soft, White *
    • Medium, Hard
  • Paper Blenders *
  • White Vinyl Eraser *
  • Detail Eraser (Tombow)
  • Micron Pens
    • .5 *
    • .3 & .7
  • Small Watercolor Pencil Set
    • 12 *
    • 24, 36 or 48
  • Small Pastel Pencil Set
    • 6 *
    • 12
  • 1 – 3 square charcoals *
  • Medium #4 filbert brush for blending watercolor pencils
  • Water Jar
  • Paper pad
    • 11" X 14" *
    • 9" X 12"
    • 14" X 17"
  • Watercolor or mixed media pad
    • 11" X 14" *
    • 9" X 12"
    • 14" X 17"
  • Mechanical pencil with HB or 2B leads, and two erasers - pink and kneaded
  • Sketchpad - 9x12" or larger

Come the first day with a sketching notebook (5” x 7” approximate sketching notebook  size) and pencil or marker for sketching.

Students are responsible for supplying:

  • 1-3 yards of fabric
  • Rit dye to share
  • block printing supplies
  • stencils
  • sketching pad (5” x 7” approximate size)
  • pencil
  • tracing paper (optional)

Pencils - HB, 2B, 6B
Plastic Eraser
Newsprint Pad – 14 x 17 or 18 x 24
Tracing Paper - 11 x 14

Recommended materials:

I will demonstrate color rendering in class and limited supplies will be available for you to try.

  • Basic set of colored art markers - Cool Gray 20% (light gray), Cool Gray 70% (dark gray), Lt. Flesh**, Dk. Flesh**, several colors of your choice (light and dark of same color)\
  • Fine point black marker (.05) or dark colored pencil for line work
  • White colored pencil or white gel pen
  • Bristol board 100 lb smooth (11 x 14) or marker paper

Optional materials:

**Some good flesh tone combos: Brick Beige / Light Walnut or Sand– Light complexion Light Tan / Walnut – Darker complexion
Fashion Illustration Materials

Other media you are interested in using
Appropriate paper for chosen media

Note about materials:
Be sure to purchase artist's supplies. Regular markers, colored pencils, etc. will not give you the same results and flexibility. Art supply employees are usually a good source of knowledge when looking for a good brand or the right paper to go with the media of your choice.

Suggested marker brands:
Prismacolor Double Ended Art Markers, choose from chisel tip or brush tip ($2.00-$4.00 ea.)
Suggested colored pencil brands:
Berol Prismacolor, Faber-Castell, Derwent

Other media to consider and suggested brands:
Watercolor pencils (Caran D'Ache, Faber-Castell, Derwent)
Watercolors (Daniel Smith or Grumbacher watercolors, Windsor Newton or Daniel Smith brushes)
Soft (artists') pastels (Rembrandt or Windsor Newton)

Suggested Art Supply Vendors:
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE (U-District)
(206) 634-3400

Daniel Smith Art Supply
Seattle store - (south of downtown)
4150 First Avenue South
(206) 223-9599
Redmond store
15112 NE 24th Street
(425) 643-1781
Catalog orders

Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Avenue NE (U-District, just east of I-5, behind Petco)
(206) 545-0091

Blick Art Supply
1600 Broadway East Seattle, WA 98102 (206) 324-0750
Northwest Art and Frame
4733 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 937-5507

  • 18” x 24” sketch pad
  • Mechanical pencil (0.7 or 0.5mm) with B or 2B graphite
  • Sketchbook approximately 9x12 inches, mixed media paper
  • Pentel Brush Pen - black
  • Micon Pens - black, one of each size 03, 05; you can purchase a wider range of sizes if you'd like such as 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08
  • Canson Fanboy Comic Book Art Boards 11 x 17 -- comes in a pack of 24

Here's the list of required and recommended materials, which will be discussed in more detail on the first day of class.

Here's the list of required and recommended materials, which will be discussed in more detail on the first day of class.

We'll also be referencing the instructor's book Painting for Everyone, which will be made available via handouts for students.

Here's the list of required and recommended materials, which will be discussed in more detail on the first day of class.

  • A collection of at least 10 magazines that are of visual interest to you
  • A small collection of craft type notions: buttons, ribbons, rhinestones, beads, etc.
  • A packet of canvas paper
  • 3 of your favorite music CDs, preferably instrumental

Please note: The instructor will supply some of the above materials, but please bring any that you have

Please bring any watercolor supplies you already have, but do not buy anything.