Vancouver Island School of Art

2549 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8T 1E2

Supply List - Abstract Painting Today PNTGs240-18


Items required for first class Exercise:

- Paper (heavy craft) *There will be a roll provided (no fee) to share with the class.

- One quart (931 ml.) white house paint.

- One quart (931 ml.) black house paint.

- House paint brushes (inexpensive) flat 1, 2, 4

All other supplies will be discussed during first class.

Please bring clothes/apron for painting, plastic containers and protective gloves for painting.

We will have a opening up (fun) exercise which will lead to your first assignment.

Additional items to be discussed:

Paints (Pigments) The following is a "general" list of pigments one would use for any painting class.

Titanium white (consider the larger 200 ml size for this)

Optional: Burnt umber and/or raw umber, Burnt sienna, Yellow ochre (these

earth colours are cheaper than intense pigments)

Cadmium red deep or middle (or hue*)

Cobalt blue (or hue)

Permanent alizarin

Dioxazine violet

Pthalo blue

Ultramarine blue

Pthalo, Sap or Viridian green

Cadmium yellow deep or middle (or hue)

Cadmium yellow light (or hue) or Hansa or Azo yellow

Ivory black

Paynes Grey

*A note about 'hues': 'hue' means a less expensive equivalent colour so if you look on the tube of paint you might see 'cadmium red hue' as opposed to 'cadmium red'; if you are on a budget it is fine to purchase the 'hue' version of any colour

If you are buying acrylic paints for the first time you can buy a set (such as Liquitex or Golden) instead of the above list just to get you started.

Brushes (synthetic for acrylics, bristle for oils):

A range of sizes (6-12) and types is recommended but a good base to start are the following: a small (#4) and a medium round brush (#8) and medium and large flat brush (1")

Also recommended: one or more inexpensive house painting brushes (sash brushes) in a variety of widths such as 1.5" to 3" - foam brushes and small rollers are also a great way to apply paint. (synthetic for acrylics and natural bristles for oil)

Palette knives -one or two (at least one metal one)

Palette (surface for mixing paints):

-plastic palette or white ceramic plates or paper tablet or wax paper can all be used for this purpose


-yogurt containers for acrylic (these are available at school)

-lidded jars if you are using solvent

-plastic squeeze bottles

Mediums (acrylics)

-matte acrylic medium (at least 500 ml)

-gloss acrylic medium (small jar is fine)

-impasto gel medium and/or modelling paste (optional)

Mediums (oils)

-low-odour mineral spirit

-refined linseed oil

-Liquin (medium)

-cold wax

Grounds (for preparing paper and raw canvas, optional)

-white latex paint (for acrylics) or gesso (for acrylics or oils)

Painting surfaces

You will need a variety of prepared store bought canvases; large scale - these can be

purchased as need and planned for but there will be projects that would require larger 36 x 48 inch canvases. Mixed media supplies will be discussed per each assignment.

Other supplies


-notebook or sketchbook

-other tools or household items for manipulating paint: sponge, trowel,

squeegee, rags, scrub brush,

feathers, string, etc.

-masking tape

-glue stick or white glue

-rags and/or paper towels

A note about the supplies:

Do not worry if you do not have all items on the supply list

The following supplies are used in most studio courses and should be included in your basic toolkit:

- pencils, pencil sharpener, ruler, eraser

- scissors

- glue stick

- sketchbook

Paper is available for purchase at the school

Paper is available for purchase at the school.