PLEASE NOTE. All the following items are available at The Studio Art Gallery – 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.

Half-inch Angled brush, 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

Your preferred reference should be printed out in A4 colour and black & white or you may work from a tablet or laptop.

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 a sketchbook.

Paints (this list applies to oil, acrylic 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 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 Cerulean Blue

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

Eath 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 retarder and matt glaze medium.

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). (Premix available at art shop). And a turps brush cleaning tank with wire spiral or sieve for oil painting.


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

A table easel or you are welcome to use one of the Academy’s several standing easels.

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

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

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