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Vancouver Island School of Art

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

Supply List - Painting: Understanding Abstraction I


Students can choose any painting medium to work with such as oil, acrylic, watercolour or gouache. While the instructor has experience and knowledge of all these media, the student is expected to have some knowledge of the medium they choose to work in for this course. If you are looking for a how-to-paint course, please consider our Painting: Introduction I course.

For every class to do in-class exercises:

- 9 x 12” or larger sketchbook (preferably the kind with rings so pages can lie flat) or loose sheets of paper

- 9 x 12” watercolour sketchbook (Arches, 100% cotton)

- HB pencil, eraser and sharpener- set of watercolours, watercolour brush #10 (approx)

- palette to mix paint on

- coloured pencils

- glue stick

- scissors

- jar of water

Materials will be discussed during the first class but here is a general overview of what you should expect to have on hand:

-paints: a good selection of colours, at least two of each of the primary and secondary colours (a warm and cool of each), two browns, black and white

-brushes: a range of brushes from small to large, round and flat

-medium: (for acrylic or oil)-odourless mineral spirits (for oil)

-palette to mix paint on-palette knives (metal for oil, plastic for water based medium)


-surfaces: canvas, cradled panels, paper, found wood

-drawing materials: pencil, charcoal, etc.

Recommended Textbook:

Moszynska, Anna, Abstract Art, Thames & Hudson, 2020 Edition.  


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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