Vancouver Island School of Art

2549 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8T 1E2

Supply List - Oil Painting: The Figure PNTGs235-18


Brand does not matter -­- NOT water mixable.
Purchase what you can afford. (Often better quality paints contain more pigment and can last
longer than less expensive paints). Small tubes (37ml) may get you through this course but
larger ones are more economical in the long run.
I like Gamblin, Stevenson, and Winsor & Newton but others will also work.
A basic palette can include: titanium or zinc white (titanium is a strong and opaque/zinc is transparent and good for glazing and washes), raw umber, burnt umber, yellow ochre/raw sienna, cadmium yellow, cadmium red medium, transparent oxide red/ iron oxide, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, ivory black, and viridian green. (These colours are natural and good for representing things the way we see them. You can also buy synthetic colours (phthalo’s, napthol’s, etc.), which are visually stronger and come in a variety of colours, feel free to buy your favourites and experiment mixing them with others).
(You can purchase HUES which mimic natural pigments but are much cheaper, but keep in mind
they are less powerful and do not mix the same way as their natural counterparts).

In this course we will be doing at least 4 paintings. The speed and size at which you paint will dictate if you need more. (You can bring smaller canvas pads or boards for doing sketches before switching to the larger canvas).
Size: 24x36 inches. (Width is your choice; they come ¾ or 1.5 inches) You can make your own or buy pre-­-made and primed stretched canvases or boards from art stores. (If you buy preprimed, they may need another coat or two of gesso as oil paint can seep into those canvases as they are often made for acrylics). You need one large canvas per week and do not need them all at the first class. (You must bring your canvas to class prepared and ready to paint).

A variety of brushes is preferable, namely flats, filberts and rounds. (8 or more total) Buy hog hair/bristle or brushes that specifically state for oil painting. A variety of sizes from about 5mm or 1/4in. to 2.5cm or 1in.

Gamsol -­- It's the cleanest and safest of the odourless mineral spirits. (16oz)
Containers (2) for Gamsol -­- they sell metal containers for this, but glass jars/glasses work too. Palette – Wood, plastic or glass -­- no smaller than about 12"-­-13" in diameter.
Paper towels and cotton rags – lots
Palette knives (4) – variety of shapes and sizes -­- plastic or metal, metal last longer but are more $ Putty Knives – metal or plastic -­- 2, 3, and 4 inches
Apron or clothes that you don't mind getting paint on

Small handheld mirror – for seeing your painting in reverse
Palette cups -­- These are nice to put a small about of medium or oil in while painting. They attach
to your palette.
Linseed oil -­- refined or cold pressed. Any brand will do – works like thinner to stretch paint
further, but adds sheen to the paint and takes a long time to dry.

** You are required to restock materials as you need them throughout the course.

Paper is available for purchase at the school.