Yuri answers Shirley's questions about getting started in painting.
Shirley: So for somebody who just wants to try painting for the first time, what kind of materials would they need to look for, and what kind of medium should they start with? Should they start with oil painting?
Yuri: Well, I teach oil painting. So with me they will start with oil painting. But it depends. It depends what they feel like. I would suggest to try both.
Shirley: So are the costs the same? So, you know, for a beginner, who wanted to, you know, start with water color, or somebody who wants to learn oil painting with you, what's the difference in the cost of materials?
Yuri: Usually water color much cheaper. So if you want to buy a small set, you just need paper, and a small pen, a set, and a few brushes. So if you are thinking of the economical point of view, go with water colors.
Shirley: And how many little pots of paint would I need to buy to start my first water color?
Yuri: Very few, usually just buy little sets, with sometimes 12 colors, you're done.
Shirley: And for the oil painting, what kind of materials would I need to buy to start as a beginner in oil painting?
Yuri: The problem is that you also need canvases. You need also some material which can be costly, and the colors themselves, they are much more costly than water colors.
Shirley: And what about paint brushes, do I need different kinds of paint brushes, different sizes, or?
Yuri: Of course, yeah, but you want to always, when I start with beginners, I always try also thinking that they might not like it after, and I give them the cheapest set, the easiest set, just to try it out.
Shirley: How many paintbrushes would that consist of then, the most basic set?
Yuri: You can have just 3 to 5.
Shirley: Okay. Thanks, that was really interesting.
Yuri: You're welcome.