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Vancouver Island School of Art

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

Supply List - Painting: Composition and Process


Items required for the first class:


For this class I am assuming that you have some experience painting so use whatever paints you generally use-oil, acrylic, gouache or watercolour.

Recommended colours:

Quinacridone Red or Permanent Rose, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Titanium White, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium.

You will need a palette, brushes, rags, and whatever you need to clean your brushes.


Three small or medium-sized surfaces. Stretched primed canvas, canvas paper, or gessoed wood panel is acceptable.

Additional items to be discussed during first class:

This course will include collage exercises, so have some colour magazine sources available, glue, scissors and matboard or stiff cardboard to glue images onto.

Also have available: tracing paper, glassine, or parchment paper (from grocery store is fine) or any thin translucent paper that you can trace images on and/or paint on.

For the digital collage part of the course you will need some photo processing software. I will be providing information during the first class as to a few free Open Source options.

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.


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

Some of the local Art stores offer a student discount or PST exemption:

1. Let them know at the cash that you are a student at VISA

2. Show proof of registration or payment (your Registration Receipt email from VISA).

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