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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.


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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