What Should You Buy?
So, which colors should you buy? Most beginning artists don’t have a lot of money to spend on supplies, so start off with a student grade black and white. You can practice making various shades of grey and maybe do some black and white paintings to get used to different values. As you can afford it, add other colors such as cadmium yellow, permanent rose, ultramarine blue and burnt umber. My recommendation would be to start off with a basic set if you can afford that. As you get more used to acrylic painting, you can start buying the more expensive professional paints to build up your pallet.
I like to start with my students with primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and black and white. That way we can really get to know how how to mix colors!