Painting: Introduction II

January 11, 2024 - April 04, 2024



Building on a basic knowledge of paint handling and colour, this course presents students with a range of projects that explore possible approaches to painting in terms of subject matter, style and technique. Students work from a range of historical models, including abstract and representational painting to gain a better sense of the ideas, methods, and formal issues that can support their own vision. Class projects are accompanied by slide presentations. Prerequisite: Painting: Introduction I or some painting experience.

Registration Details

Visit the Vancouver Island School of Art website to register online, or phone 250-380-3500.

Suppy List

- Heavy-body acrylic paints

- Recommended sets:

- Golden Essential Acrylic Colours set of 6: Naphthol Red Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green Light, Lamp Black, Titanium White

- Opus Essential Heavy Body Acrylic set of 6: Naphthol Red Light, Hansa Yellow 
 Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green Light, Lamp Black, Titanium White

- Additional colours (required): Cadmium Orange (Medium), Cadmium Yellow (Medium), Cadmium Red (Medium), Cerulean Blue, Dioxazine Violet/Purple

- Additional colours (optional): Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna


- Acrylic medium (to extend working time of paints) (optional)

- Palette knifes for mixing paint

- Paint brushes set of varied sizes / types (stiff synthetic for acrylic)

- Gesso or acrylic primer (if you wish to add another layer to your canvas) (optional)

- 2” wide paint brush

- Newsprint paper pad / cartridge paper pad

- Large sheets of acrylic painting paper

- Stretched canvases and/or wood board (various sizes)

- 9 x 12” hard bound sketchbook (or coiled)

- HB or H2 pencil

- Erasers, kneaded and white/black (Sumo brand recommended)

- White conte stick

- Container / jar for water / solvents

- Rags

- Paint apron (suggested)

- Plastic Toolbox or small Luggage case for material storage & transport (optional)


Additional Items to be discussed after the first class (dependent on students’ personal preference / chosen direction for assignments):

- Alternative paints and their supplies:

- Oil : select colours, brushes (hog bristle), substrates, rags, odourless mineral spirits (OMS), walnut or linseed oil, sealed jars and containers, mediums

- Watercolours and gouache : select colours, substrates, brushes


- Small or medium sized surfaces for weekly exercises: stretched, primed canvas, canvas paper, gessoed wood panel, gessoed mat board or cardboard substrates for later term assignments 

January 11, 2024 - April 04, 2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Vancouver Island School of Art
302-733 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 3C7