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Vancouver Island School of Art

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


Supply List - Understanding Colour



- ivory black (acrylic, watercolour or gouache)

- tube of titanium white (acrylic or gouache), chinese white (watercolour)


- Acrylic: a variety of round and flat or “bright” soft synthetic brushes (Taklon or similar works fine).

- Watercolour and Gouache: a variety of watercolour brushes (whatever you have, a wash brush and good quality round #10 or #12 recommended).

For acrylic only:

- gloss medium - 8 or 16 oz for acrylic

- palette knife(s) (metal is preferred)

- pad of disposable palette sheets



- pad of watercolour paper, 9”x12” (if using watercolour or gouache)

- canvas pad, 9”x12” (if using acrylic or oil)

- 20 or more card stock sheets (8.5”x11”)



- magazines (or other black and white images found online) : look for lots of interesting black and white photos.

- scissors

- glue stick

- ruler

- empty plastic containers


Additional Colours (acrylic, watercolour or gouache):

- cadmium red medium (genuine not hue)

- alizarin crimson (hue is better) or quinacridone red

- ultramarine blue or French ultramarine (NOT green shade)

- phthalo blue (green shade)

- cobalt blue (genuine)

- hansa or lemon yellow

- cadmium yellow medium (genuine not hue)

- dioxazine violet

- cadmium orange (genuine) or vat orange

- phthalo green (this could be regular, yellow shade or blue shade)


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


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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