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Da Vinci Artist Supply
Mon-Fri, 8:45am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm
Nearby Subway Stops
1 at 23rd St.
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This two-branch chain near the School of Visual Arts caters to fine artists, stocking a staggering array of paints, brushes, papers, and canvases. The bi-level 21st Street branch opened first—in 2005—and resembles a clean, colorful hardware store with its black floors, massive white columns, fluorescent lighting, and exposed pipes. It carries about two dozen oil paints and a dozen different acrylics, as well as watercolor, tempera, and casein paints; high-end brands like Blockx, Old Holland, and Windsor & Newton are available, as well as dependable choices like Golden, Sennelier, and the store’s eponymous in-house label. There are Raphael brushes, pre-stretched canvases, drawing pens and pencils, and bound sketchbooks, along with an aisle of tape, a tiny section of craft supplies, some modeling clay and resin for sculptors, and gold-leafing supplies. Downstairs, the shop offers custom framing and a custom canvas-stretching service, as well as a jazzy collection of papers, including handmade ones from India. Books on art, manga stickers, and SVA tees and hats cater to the student crowd, but Da Vinci draws plenty of professional artists with its comprehensive selection.