Vancouver Island School of Art

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

Supply List - Painting and Text PNTGw267-30


This workshop focuses on creating work that uses written text as the basis for narrative series. Students will be asked to bring texts that interest them as the basis for visual work (examples: poetry, memoir, historical record, fiction or myth.) Over the course of the workshop, we will examine a number of strategies related to visual arts media including painting, drawing and collage. Text may be incorporated into the work itself or just used as a point of departure. The workshops will feature hands-on work, demos, one-on-one instruction, and critique, as well as slide shows providing examples. Some painting experience recommended.

NB: The supply list for this workshop has been made with the assumption that participants may have painted before; therefore, all suggestions are approximate and left to the individual student’s discretion.

-Acrylic, oils or watercolour/gouache (a range of pigments)

-Brushes and painting tools (different sizes from medium to large, relative to see size of supports, see below)

-mediums for painting (matte and/or gloss medium for acrylics; linseed oil and odorless mineral spirits for oils)

Supports: a variety of surfaces to work on:

-formal supports – 3 stretched canvas or cradled panels suggested typical size 16 x 20 - 24 x 30 inches for acrylic or oil painters; medium-heavy (90 lbs.+) watercolour paper for students working in watercolour/gouache
-informal supports – 5-8 sheets of heavy paper (Bristol board, watercolour paper or similar) or cardboard (acrylic or oil painters should primed with acrylic medium or primer)

-sketchbook (no set size)

-ruler or straightedge

-masking tape

-simple drawing tools (vine charcoal, soft pencils, erasers, etc.)

-basic collage supplies (scissors/x-acto blade, glue, tape)

Other supplies you may wish to have on hand:

-gesso (acrylic dispersion primer)
-rags, palettes and other materials you use for painting


-A list of pigments (whichever paints you are accustomed to. Below is a typical list for beginners interested in learning to mix a wide range of hues.)

Titanium white
Cadmium yellow deep, hue or similar (Hansa, etc.)
Lemon yellow or Hansa yellow light
Cadmium red middle (hue or similar – Pyrrole red, etc.)
Ultramarine blue
Pthalo blue
Permanent Alizarin crimson or hue (Quinacridone crimson, etc.)
Viridian green or hue (Pthalo green)

Cobalt blue (hue) [optional]
Bone or ivory black [optional]

**Paper is available for purchase at the school.