Vancouver Island School of Art

950 Kings Rd, 2nd Floor
Victoria, BC V8T 1W6

Supply List - Oil Basics PNTGs166-12-SP21

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Local art stores are currently offering online and phone orders with curbside or home delivery.

Acrylic Gesso: (16 oz)
One 2 ½ - 3”- wide large brush for gessoing (hardware store quality is fine)
Rags, paper towels
Vine or willow charcoal
One #12 “bright” brush, or similar: Hog Bristle preferred or synthetic bristle
One 1”-wide soft-bristle synthetic brush
One round pointed brush for linear work and small details
Any brushes you have at home
Odourless mineral spirits (Ecohouse Neutralthin preferred, Opus brand is acceptable) Note: NO orange or citrus scent;
Oil glazing medium (Gamblin solvent-free fluid or gel medium, or stand oil mixed 50/50 with odourless mineral spirits)

Other materials:

Paint: in this course we will use a limited 3-colour primary palette (red, blue, and yellow); one earth tone (burnt sienna); black, and white. You can use whatever you have if you already have paints. I can look at them in the first class and advise.

Recommended oil paint:
Winsor and Newton Winton (student grade but still good quality): Lemon Yellow (PY3) or Cadmium Yellow Light Hue; French Ultramarine; Permanent Rose; Burnt Sienna; Titanium White (large tube); Lamp Black or Ivory Black.

For first class: Two hardboard (Masonite) panels, approximately 11" x 14". You can also use scrap plywood, thick cardboard or matboard. We will prime them with gesso in class.

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.