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Vancouver Island School of Art

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

Supply List - Oil Basics


Items required for the first class:

- acrylic gesso (16 oz or larger)

- one 2 ½ - 3"- wide large brush for gessoing (hardware store quality is fine)

- rags, paper towels

- vine or willow charcoal

- one #12 "bright" brush, or similar. Hog Bristle preferred or synthetic bristle

- one 1"-wide soft-bristle synthetic brush

- two hardboard (Masonite) panels, approximately 11" x 14" (you can also use scrap plywood, thick cardboard or matboard. We will prime them with gesso in class).

paint: recommended oil paint: Winsor and Newton Winton. Titanium White (large tube); Lamp Black or Ivory Black (small tube).

- odourless mineral spirits (Ecohouse Neutralthin preferred, Gamsol or Opus brand is acceptable) Note: NO orange or citrus scent;

Additional items to be discussed during first class:

- one round pointed brush for linear work and small details

- any brushes you have at home

- oil glazing medium (Gamblin solvent-free fluid or gel medium, or stand oil mixed 50/50 with odourless mineral spirits)

- paint: in this course we will use a limited 3-colour primary palette (red, blue, and yellow); one earth tone (burnt sienna); black, and white. You can use whatever you have if you already have paints. I can look at them in the first class and advise.

Recommended oil paint:

Winsor and Newton Winton (student grade but still good quality): Lemon Yellow (PY3) or Cadmium Yellow Light Hue; French Ultramarine; Permanent Rose; Burnt Sienna


We will generally need two small or medium-sized surfaces (11" x 14" to 16" x 20") to paint on each week for class and homework assignments. Along with gessoed surfaces, stretched primed canvas and canvas paper are acceptable.


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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