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Vancouver Island School of Art


302-733 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C7 250-380-3500

Supply List - Acrylic Painting Basics



Required materials for the first class:

- Substrate (Heavy weight paper suitable for acrylic paint, wood panel, or stretched canvas. Roughly 8x8 inches)

- Acrylic paints (assorted colours)

- Various acrylic brushes

- Notebook/Sketchbook

Additional materials to be discussed during the first class:

- Heavy-body acrylic paints

  • Recommended sets:

    • Golden Essential Acrylic Colours set of 6: Naphthol Red Light, Hansa Yellow Medium,Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green Light, Lamp Black, Titanium White


    • Opus Essential Heavy Body Acrylic set of 6: Naphthol Red Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green Light, Lamp Black, Titanium White

  • Additional colours (required): Cadmium Orange (Medium), Cadmium Yellow (Medium), Dioxazine Violet, Cadmium Red (Medium), Cerulean Blue.

  • Additional colours (optional): Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna

- Acrylic medium (gloss or satin)(to extend working time of paints)

- Palette knifes for mixing paint

- Paint brushes set of varied sizes / types (stiff synthetic for acrylic)

- 2” wide paint brush

- Gesso or acrylic primer (if you wish to add another layer to your canvas) (optional)

- Newsprint paper pad / cartridge paper pad

- Acrylic paint paper (individual sheets or bound)

- Small - medium sized stretched canvases (slim or deep) and/or wood boards for in-class and take-home exercises (sizes will depend on students’ personal preference / chosen direction for assignments)

- 9 x 12” hard bound sketchbook (or coiled)

- HB or 2B pencil

- Erasers, kneaded and white/black (Sumo brand recommended)

- White conte stick (optional)

- Paint apron (suggested)

- Plastic Toolbox or small Luggage case for material storage & transport (optional)


Local art supply stores have varying discount options for students. Monks and Opus offer membership programs for discounts. Check stores’ websites for details. 


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