At Raw Materials Art Supplies, it is important to us to carry products from the companies who are out there doing good things for artists and art. The work that Gamblin Artists Colors does with their Gamblin Conservation Colors is a good example of that.
In the world of art conservation today, there are three important considerations regarding the materials used on artwork. First, the materials used for this work should be stable – meaning that the materials should not change over time. Second, the materials should be reversible and able to be removed without damaging the original artwork. And third, the binder of the material should visually saturate the pigment in a similar manner as linseed oil.
In the mid-90’s, Robert Gamblin collaborated with a group of conservators to improve upon these considerations. Gamblin Conservation Colors were born from this collaboration. They include 50 lightfast colors – made with pigments found in the Gamblin Artist’s Grade and 1980 oils and bound in a contemporary resin binder, which makes the restorations stable and reversible.
Conservation Colors are not sold to artists for a couple reasons. First, they lack the texture and mark-making possibilities of oils. Second, they demand a stronger solvent than artists have (or are willing to work around) in their studios.
Gamblin Conservation colors is truly a labor of love in support of conservators around the world. When you purchase Gamblin materials, you are also supporting the field of conservation and helping to protect our visual history. We are very grateful for your support.
It has been a rough start to the fall in the art materials industry. The Los Angeles area lost an institution with the closing of Swain’s HQ Art Supplies, which has been supporting artists and selling art supplies in Glendale for seventy years, and we are very sad to see them go.
The imminent closure of C2F, one of the few distributors of art materials was also announced. They were the primary source for a few of our favorite brands (such as M. Graham, Bee Paper, Pentalic, and Cheep!), but it looks like most of those will find new homes so we plan to continue stocking them as long as we’re able!
We live in interesting times for retailers and the art materials industry. Sometimes we feel like we’re mice scampering beneath the feet of giants with names like Amazon, Blick Art Materials, and Artist & Craftsman Supply, and it’s tough to lose friends and allies like C2F and Swain’s.
We, and our employees, thank all of you who have stuck with us, are just discovering, us, and hope to feed your artistic endeavors for years to come.
You asked, we did it. We scheduled a calendar full of classes and workshops in our new space. Our opening month classes and workshops have been leading up to the introduction of Master Class at Raw Materials, where prominent artists teach intensive workshops that go beyond art school. Master Class will provide intensive interaction with professional artists working in a variety of media and will draw from a broad spectrum of cultural viewpoints. Students interact closely with working artists and can gain insight into how artists approach the making of art and respond to the work of others. Teaching groups are deliberately small, intense, and personalized.
Internationally-acclaimed Los Angeles-based painter Salomón Huerta was born in Tijuana, raised in East L.A. and attended the Art Center College of Design on a full scholarship, where he graduated with highest honors. Huerta also holds a Master of Fine Art from UCLA and is best known for his series of paintings depicting anonymous subjects with their backs to the viewer, facades of color-saturated, suburban homes, and larger than life-sized, masked Lucha Libre wrestlers. Huerta’s paintings have been collected and exhibited internationally, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Gagosian Gallery London, Worcester Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute, and at the Whitney Biennal. Huerta is represented by Louise Alexander Gallery.
About a year ago, Salomón Huerta was nice enough to shoot this short video about his favorite art supply store and the products he uses. Check it out:
On August 24th, Raw Materials Art Supplies was lucky to have Certified Ross Instructor David Arquette teach a Bob Ross Painting Class—our very first class in our new location! To no one’s surprise, the class sold out quickly.
In just under two hours, students eager to start a painting hobby learned how to paint an outdoor landscape. Based upon the PBS “Joy of Painting” series with Bob Ross, these artists of various abilities and experience painted and learned Bob Ross’ painting techniques, thanks to David Arquette’s guidance and friendly style.
If you missed out and couldn’t get a seat to the class, don’t fret. David said he had so much fun he’d like to do it again.
ArtCenter College of Design is hiring a Photography and Imaging Coordinator. The Coordinator serves as a key organizer of the Photography and Imaging Department, implementing operational functions and distributing communications to students, faculty, staff, and industry partners. The position requires a steadfast adherence to detail and keen commitment to safeguarding the systems, resources, and platforms integral for the department to function. This position serves as the first point of contact for the program.
Minimum 3 years of experience providing administrative support for an educational institution, nonprofit organization, and/or a media-based studio
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
An advanced multi-tasker who can juggle multiple projects and work under pressure
Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with students, faculty, and the public
A self-starter, problem solver and team player
Exceptional attention to detail
Ability to juggle changing priorities
Advanced capabilities in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
Adept at utilizing cloud-based apps including Google Drive and Drop Box
Proficient in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel
Experience with website hosting platforms like Squarespace, Media Temple, or WordPress
Experience navigating social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
Ability to handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Prior experience in front office administration preferred
Prior experience in educational or not-for-profit institution highly desired
Knowledge and enthusiasm for the field of photography highly desired
There’s a lot going on so we’re just going to jump in with some news and exciting events curated just for you. Our current location will close at 5pm on Sunday August 11 and we will re-open in our new location at 645 S. Los Angeles Street at 10am on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The picture above is the new location’s exterior. Which paint sample do you prefer, E or S?
We really don’t want to pack, so our Moving Sale Continues! Come in before August 11th and get a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more at our new location! Also, books are on clearance, July is World Watercolor Month – so you’re going to need a bigger cart.
Here’s the really fun and exciting part – our new location has room for classes and workshops. 🤸♀️ We’re starting with Art Happy Hour on August 16th. 🎨🥂 Don’t miss out on the Oil Painting Master Class with Salomon Huerta or Learn to Paint Like Bob Ross with David Arquette! Check out the calendar of events and register for classes online. Are you excited‽ We are! See you soon!
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County seeks a part-time puppeteer to work with their Education and Programs department. The Performing Artist/Puppeteer works collaboratively within the Performing Arts Program to operate a full-suit Triceratops and Saber-toothed cat puppet for their on-going Encounters Program. Performing Artists/Puppeteers work with the Performing Arts Program Manager and other Education staff to present performances for Museum programs, special events, and school groups. Puppeteers interact with Museum guests and are expected to maintain a friendly and approachable demeanor at all times.
This position has the following requirements:
3 or more years as a dancer, actor, acrobat, puppeteer, and/or performing artist.
3 or more years of physical and movement-based training.
1 or more years of theatre training.
Available to work weekends.
Height and lifting requirements based on puppet as described below.
Quadrupedal Puppet Requirements: Height, 5’1” to 5’7”, Women’s shoe size 6-11 or Men’s size 4-9. Small to Medium athletic build. Must be able to lift and carry up to 85 pounds on back in bending and crouching positions for limited periods of time. All weight on wrists, shoulders, and back. Extremely hot, claustrophobic full suit puppet with limited sight range. Job requires wearing a Triceratops and Saber-toothed cat full-suit puppet with internal mechanisms for movement and sound amplification.
Requires wearing a Triceratops and Saber-toothed Cat full-suit puppet with internal mechanisms for movement and sound amplification.
Extended periods of standing and bending within costume; holding physically challenging positions for lengthy periods of time, in a confined space.
Stilt walking and light gymnastic activity required for some of the museum characters.
Work schedule may also include weekdays and some evenings.
Performing Artists/Puppeteers must pass a physical examination from a medical doctor provided by the Museum.
Willingness and ability to learn about natural history content, including paleontology, to create authentic character studies for the Dinosaur Encounters program.
Willingness to assimilate and creatively interpret content from NHM’s exhibits, collections and halls, and collaborate with museum interpretive staff and education department policies to create performing arts-based programming.
Ability to work well in an ensemble and proactively assist your colleagues as needed.
Acting and hosting abilities required.
Willingness to learn and perform minor tech board and remote control operation.
Comfort interacting with all ages of the public while in or out of costume.
Experience in education strongly preferred.
Completion of a physical is required prior to beginning employment.
A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Interested candidates please visit www.nhm.org/jobs and click the link of the position for which you are interested.
Here’s a new way to do acrylic pours – with a pendulum! We are most definitely going to try this at home! GOLDEN Color Pouring Medium Matte (CPM Matte) and Color Pouring Medium Gloss (CPM Gloss) are new and exciting products for 2019. Have you tried doing an acrylic pour yet? So much fun. Unlike most acrylic mediums that develop an initial “skin” when drying, this medium avoids skinning over and is resistant to “crazing”. This process also allows for air bubbles and tool marks to readily disappear.
When it comes to acrylic pouring, craze-resistance is mucho important and muy practical – it allows more freedom while painting. You do like freedom, don’t you? In any case, CPM Matte and CPM Gloss levels well, creating smooth, uniform paint layers. Blend the medium with Heavy Body, Fluid, or High Flow Acrylics as desired, although we recommend starting with relatively low levels of paint (around 10% color) until you gain some experience with the product and its mannerisms. Then you can, and should, go crazy.