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Oil Supply List:

Pastel Supply List:

  • Easel for inside and outside

  • Sketchbook, pencil, and eraser

  • Pastels: A variety of soft and hard pastels in many colors

  • Mounting Board: Fome Core, Gator Board, or traditional board

  • Surfaces to pastel paint on

  • Brushes that can handle blending on sandpaper in a range of sizes. (Susan will loan brushes if needed)

  • Watercolors if you own them (Susan will have some to share)

  • Necessities:

    • Masking Tape (not colored)

    • Ruler

General Plein Air Supply List:

  • Hat

  • Water bottles

  • Layered clothing

  • Extra shoes

  • Insect spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Masking tape

  • Paper towels

  • Camera

  • Folding chair

  • Trash bag


Order almost all the art supplies you need for any of Susan's classes, workshops, and retreats on Susan's page at


Gamblin Artist Colors: "I absolutely love the luscious paint and the fine quality of all Gamblin's products. They are exclusively what I use in my personal work and demos, as well as what I recommend to my students."

Multimedia Artboard: "I’ve been using Multimedia Artboard for over​ ​15 years...the Pastel Artist Panels are my surface of choice and what I recommend to my students. What drew me to it was its capacity to be wet​​ without buckling. This durable light weight archival surface enables me to use expressive brush work in under paintings, and then apply many delicate layers of pastels without filling​ the tooth."

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Art Cocoon: "The Art Cocoon has become essential to my art life. I use it for all mediums and multiple purposes. It is perfect for plein air painting, [and] protects art during transport...home or to my framer."

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We love Multimedia Artboard for pastel painting and more! They've been supporting Susan for years, and we'd like to return the favor by getting other artists to support them.


Click the button below to visit Multimedia Artboard. Use Susan's special discount code SNGART at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase.

 S.Nicholas Signature
Jack Richeson Instructor Sets​ 
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Check out this great easel designed and sold by one of Susan's students!


Peruse the website via this link, but please consider supporting Susan by coming back here and using this link to place your final order.

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LederEasel_Pastel Demo by Susan Nicholas

"After 40 years of outdoor painting, the LederEasel is just what I've been waiting for! It's lightweight, sturdy, and has a classy look! The LederEasel is versatile, making it perfect for artists of multiple mediums, and it packs easily to go from studio to plein air painting. I finally have the perfect easel to recommend to all my artist friends!"

-Susan Nicholas

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