Vancouver Island School of Art

2549 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8T 1E2

Supply List - Painting: Colour as Practice PNTGs223-18


General supplies:

Rags, paper towels

Vine or willow charcoal

One #12 “bright” brush, or similar: Hog Bristle for oil, or a stiff synthetic for acrylic

One 1”-wide soft-bristle synthetic brush

One round pointed brush for linear work and small details

Bring any brushes you already have from home

Acrylic glazing medium (if using acrylics)

If using oil: Odourless mineral spirits (Stevenson or Ecohouse) Note: NO orange or citrus scent please;

Oil glazing medium (Gamblin solvent-free fluid or gel medium, or stand oil mixed 50/50 with odourless mineral spirits)

Oil or acrylic paint:

Primaries: Choose mono-pigments where possible. Look at the list of pigments used. The label should have a list using a standardized code: PW means Pigment White, PR is Pigment Red, etc.

Cool Red: Alizarin Crimson (genuine or hue), Permanent Crimson or Quinacridone Magenta
Warm Red: Cadmium Red Medium (genuine or hue)
Cool Blue: Phthalo Blue (green shade) or Prussian Blue
Warm Blue: Ultramarine Blue
Cool Yellow: Lemon Yellow (or equivalent—should say PY3 on the tube)
Warm Yellow: Cadmium Yellow Medium (genuine or hue)


Phthalo Green
Dioxazine Purple
Pyrolle or Cadmium Orange (or any mono-pigment orange)

Earth Tones:

Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Yellow Ochre


Titanium, or Titanium/Zinc


Mars, Carbon, or Ivory/bone Black


We will generally need two small or medium-sized surfaces to paint on each week for class and homework assignments. Stretched, primed canvas, canvas paper, gessoed wood panel, gessoed mat board is acceptable. I may specify a particular surface for some assignments. It is generally cheaper to buy gesso and prime wood panels or heavy Bristol paper for quick assignments and exercises. Stretched canvas or gessoed wood panel is recommended for main assignments.

Paper is available for purchase at the school.

**Paper is available for purchase at the school.