I am basing the list on the materials I purchase from Art to Art on Glen Osmond Road at Parkside.  Eckerslys is more of a national brand and they are v good as well. I’ve noticed some stocks are getting a bit low so if ‘out of stock’ I apologise, I am still providing by way of example so you can see what things ‘look like’. Get an order in fairly promptly as with everything else, orders are taking much longer than normal.

The materials cost between 150 and $200 but be aware you can used acrylics and other materials like brushes you already have at home. Instead of a palate you can try an egg carton or a plastic tray the meatballs came in, once cleaned! Canvas boards are a lot cheaper than canvas on the frame.



Willow Charcoal:4,95 or this one as mont marte one currently out of stock $9.95

Grey Gum Eraser:$2.50


– Monte-Marte DIMENSION

I have noticed a set of smaller tubes has come out with a wide range of the monte Marte dimension colours. Its excellent for a starting pack and cheaper also. Any of the officeworks acrylics are good to start with also, there is less distance between acrylic brands for quality among acrylics than oils.

Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Deep, Brilliant Red, Permanent Red, Magenta, Violet, Ultramarine, Pthalo Blue, Turquoise, Emerald Green, Terre Verte, Sap Green, Viridian, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Neutral Grey, Paynes Grey.

Impasto Medium for Acrylics – Atelier heavy gel gloss 500ml – $21.95


Use brushes you already have, good sizes are 2, 4 and 6. There are many types of brushes, shape-wise: I prefer filbert, flat and angled are also good.

If you need to purchase, these are good, but can get cheaper ones possibly. These are just options so you can see examples.

Princeton 9700 Snap Bristle Filbert: Numbers SIZES 2, 4, and 6 OR

Princeton Refine Interlocked Hog Bristle Filbert SIZE 2, 4, and 6


Palate  Plastic Palate with wells for water


Get a couple of canvas surfaces. Get one for colour wheel and one for your painting. Could be good to have a couple of canvas boards to muck around on.

Canvas Board is fine OR Wrapped / Stretched canvas good.  K2 and Titian are both v good.   Small to medium canvas eg the following sizes:

*20 x 20 inch / 50 x 50

18 x 18 inch / 45 x 45 cm

20 x 24 inch / 50 x 60

24 x 24 inch / 60 x 60 This is getting towards a larger size canvas.

Other materials needed 

paper, (use what you have at home eg A4), lead pencils, paper towel, rags, paper towel or baby wipes, an old cup for water, a thick piece of cardboard A4 or A3 size approx. Any textas, markers, crayons, watercolours, pencils you have at home are going to be useful, so dig them out or borrow them from the children!


Borrow an easel or buy on marketplace. Table easel is fine. Recipe holder from the kitchen? Adelaide peeps I can lend one or two out.  

A note on acrylics: 

There is not a huge distance between the cheaper and more expensive brands of acrylics than there is with oils. There are more brands of good quality acrylics around than oils.  So acrylics are v good in this regard. Cheap and cheerful acrylics are fine. I choose to use Monte Marte Dimension and Derivan Matisse for my under-paintings, they are great acrylics for underpainting, low cost and are good. If you have some already, use them for the course, check against list above. Officeworks have some interesting acrylics: J Burrows and Chromacryl. They are not bad and less expensive, especially Chromacryl.

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