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Vancouver Island School of Art

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


Supply List - Design: Principles & Elements



Items required for the first class:

- Gouache paint. You will need the minimum, primary colours- (Red, Yellow and

Blue) plus black and white. You can bring more colours than this if you wish.

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Gouache is great for beginners. Holbein Acryla

Gouache is another good product. Liquitex and Holbein are acrylic gouache,

so they dry on your palette like acrylic paint and can’t be re-used once dry.

Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache and Daniel Smith brand are both made with

gum arabic, so when they dry on your palette you can re-mix them with water. They are

a bit more expensive.

Any brand of gouache will work well. Some students have used HIMI brand with good


- Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Pads 98lb/160g 9" X 12”, or similar.

- pencil

- small palette

- brush- opus allegro 8 or similar

- brush- flat, 1/2" - 3/4" wide

- small spray bottle

- fine tipped black pen

- large envelope 9"x 12" (can be used, this will hold collage material)

- scissors

- small glue stick

- a cloth for wiping hands

Additional items to be discussed during the first class:

- 6 sheets, 9” x 12”, 140 lb paper for gouache painting. You will need this paper

mid-February. Hot press is preferred, it is smooth, ideal for gouache painting.

Here are a couple of options:

- metal ruler

- optional- x-acto knife

- optional- cutting mat



The Vancouver Island School of Art is delighted to have a partnership with Opus Art Supplies so please consider using this link and clicking on your course to purchase supplies from Opus Art Supplies: Partnership Page.


You can also consider an Opus A+ Membership, where students can sign up to save 10% on all orders during their studies: Sign Up For Opus A+ Membership.

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