PLEASE NOTE. All the following items are available at The Studio Art Gallery’s Art Supply Shop and registered students are entitled to a 10% discount.

Please bring the following:


A variety of brushes. Keep in mind that the bristles of some brushes are glued in with a glue that may not be suitable for certain solvents or brush cleaners.

A variety of Angled brushes will be useful to those students who wish to learn how to draw-out and block-in their subjects directly with paint onto the canvas.

Also, a one-inch soft flat brush, halt-inch flat brush, a variety of round brushes, a variety of filberts, a rigger, a fan, a soft mop or blender, and a set of rubber-tipped brushes.

A sword-liner will be useful if you will be painting detailed wildlife.

A new reference or current project

When choosing a reference please ensure that the image is in focus and the subject is correctly lit. Your preferred reference should be printed out in colour (A4 or you may work from a tablet or laptop.) and a black & white copy that is the same size as your canvas.

You may also bring a project that you are currently working on.


Canvas, canvas board, primed board, paper or any preferable surface to work on.

The class exercises are often done in an A4 or A3 sketchbook.

Paints (this list applies to oils, acrylics or watercolours)

These are the basic suggested colours, but you are welcome to bring alternatives.

A warm and cool red – e.g. Cadmium Red and Quinacridone Magenta (or alternatively Alizarin Crimson)

A warm and cool yellow – e.g. Arylamide Yellow and Lemon Yellow

A warm and a cool blue – e.g. Ultramarine Blue and Primary Cyan

A Warm and cool green – e.g. Sap Green and Viridian Green

Earth colours – e.g. Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre

Chromatic Black – Van Dyke Brown and Prussian Blue

White – Titanium White


If you are working in acrylics, you will also need a retarder to slow down your paint’s drying time and a matt glaze medium for thinning your acrylics.

If you are working in oils, you will also require an oil medium which you can mix yourself by adding a third Genuine Turpentine, third refined linseed oil, and a third alkyd medium (liquin). (Premixed mediums are available at the Art Supply Shop). And an odourless White Spirit brush cleaning tank with wire spiral or sieve for oil painting.


A 4mm glass palette – 30cm by 12cm or 30cm by 30cm with edges ground smooth.

An A4 or A3 sketch-book for drawing and painting exercises.

White acrylic paint to prime pages in your sketchbook for painting.

A set of graphite pencils 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 6B, 9B.

Red and blue colour or pastel pencils for sketching.

A roll of paper towel for cleaning your brushes and glass palette.