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Vancouver Island School of Art


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

Supply List - Painting from Photography



Required materials for the first class:

- Acrylic or oil paints (black and white)

- Brushes of various sizes and shapes

- 8 x 8 inch stretched gessoed canvas (slim)

- Mediums/solvents

- Pencil (2H recommended) and white chalk/conte stick or pencil

Additional materials to be discussed during the first class:

- Heavy-body acrylic paints

  •   Recommended sets:

    • Golden Essential Acrylic Colours set of 6: Naphthol Red Light, Hansa Yellow Medium,Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green Light, Lamp Black, Titanium White


    • Opus Essential Heavy Body Acrylic set of 6: Naphthol Red Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green Light, Lamp Black, Titanium White

  • Additional colours (required): Cadmium Orange (Medium), Cadmium Yellow (Medium), Dioxazine Violet, Cadmium Red (Medium), Cerulean Blue.

  • Additional colours (optional): Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna

- Acrylic medium (gloss or satin)(to extend working time of paints)

- Palette knifes for mixing paint

- Paint brushes set of varied sizes / types (stiff synthetic for acrylic)

- 2” wide paint brush

- Gesso or acrylic primer (if you wish to add another layer to your canvas) (optional)

- Newsprint paper pad / cartridge paper pad

- Paint paper (individual sheets or bound)

- Small - medium sized stretched canvases (slim or deep) and/or wood boards for in-class and take-home exercises (sizes will depend on students’ personal preference / chosen direction for assignments)

- 9 x 12” hard bound sketchbook (or coiled)

- HB or 2B pencil

- Erasers, kneaded and white/black (Sumo brand recommended)

- White conte stick (optional)

- Paint apron (suggested)

- Plastic Toolbox or small Luggage case for material storage & transport (optional)

Additional items dependent on students’ personal preference/chosen direction for assignments:

- Alternative paints and their supplies:

  • Oil: select colours, brushes (hog bristle), substrates, rags, odourless mineral spirits (OMS), walnut or linseed oil, sealed jars and containers, mediums

  • Watercolours and gouache: select colours, substrates, brushes



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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