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Vancouver Island School of Art

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

Supply List - Drawing for the Absolute Beginner


Items required for the first class:

- sketchbook (8" x 10" or larger)

- at a minimum: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B pencils

- white soft eraser

- pencil sharpener

- large pad of newsprint paper (18" x 24") 30-40 sheets to start

- cartridge paper (24" x 36") 10-20 Sheets to start

Additional Supplies to be discussed at first class:

Drawing Materials:

- compressed charcoal

- willow/vine charcoal

- charcoal pencils

- kneaded eraser

- blending stumps (3-4 in various sizes)

- small set of soft chalk pastel sticks

- scissors

- glue (white or stick)


- drawing board

- bulldog clips


- white charcoal/pastels paper: pad or loose sheets (9"X12" approximately)


Note: Supplies can be purchased in downtown Victoria at: Art World (860 Yates St), Island Blue (905 Fort St) or Opus (512 Herald St).

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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