Vancouver Island School of Art

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

Supply List - Painting: Plein Air PNTGs233-12


Supplies needed for the first class:

- small watercolour block approximately 9” x 12”
- selection of watercolour brushes
- field watercolour set with mixing tray (if necessary you could buy an inexpensive set and use lid of set for mixing tray)
- screw cap jar (mason jar) and a packet of tissue or paper towel for blotting brushes

Note: if you don’t have watercolour brushes you could just buy a #10 or #12 synthetic sable and that will do what you need; (point is used for details, body of brush for larger shapes)

Additional supplies:

- choose either acrylic or oil.
- medium sized tubes of paint may be more appropriate for field-work, however larger sized tubes are more economical.
Note: If you have your own paints already bring them. If you are buying acrylic paint for the first time and want to simplify things, you can buy a set of paints such as those made by Liquitex or Golden.
- please consider a wide range of colours but these are good basic colours in your kit:
Titanium White
Cadmium Red Deep (or Napthol Red)
Quinacridone Red (or Magenta)
Cobalt Blue (or Hue), Pthalo blue
Cerulean blue (or hue)
Ultramarine blue
Cadmium Yellow Medium (or Hansa Yellow)
Sap green. Raw umber
Raw sienna
Burnt sienna

- small tube of medium (for oils)
- variety of brushes; filberts, rounds and flats of various sizes (a collection of approx 12 brushes is recommended)
Note: while it is good to have a nice range of brushes, if you want to start with three basic brushes you can buy a # 6 filbert (shaped like a hazelnut), #10 round (for acrylic or oil) and a 1” flat (synthetic nylon)
- small metal palette knife
- wax paper palette pad
- two mason jars with lids (1/2 litre approx)
- bottle of water (for acrylics) or odourless turpentine or citrus thinner for oils
- small lightweight toolbox that will hold all the materials will be useful
- field easel (compact and portable steel or aluminum)
- bag or box for rags, thinners and jars

Other materials:
- pencils
- willow charcoal
- rags
- portable tripod stool (if standing for extended periods of time is uncomfortable)

Painting Surfaces:
- 16" x 20" canvases or panel is fine unless the student wishes to work smaller or larger but it is a good idea to bring two surfaces to work on per day.
- watercolourblock (for first session)
- sketchbook 9 x12” (approx)

Please be mindful that this is a plein air painting class so portability of tools and material is important ie: small and lightweight. The locations for this class will be easily accessible.

Participants should bring food, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat to shield from the sun and other provisions for working outdoors over several hours.

The first class will feature a presentation about plein aire and landscape painting, supply review and then a trip to a nearby location to work with watercolour. We will go to at least two more locations over the course of the week.