Important Information for enrolled students

ART MATERIALS LIST (with recommendations for best prices/ brands)

ABOUT MATERIALS - see lists here 

  • for those who need materials provided, for whatever reason, please ask and we can facilitate this for you
  • Your kit should include (as well as paints and brushes) a fine water mister, old towel, paper towelling, plastic plates or rip-off disposable palettes, drawing materials + pad, an A4 folder to keep all charts, all printed materials, test studies, drawings, references and studies etc in. (we have a limited nunber of complete folders for $30 - or you can prepare your own.
  • Get or make yourself some kind of stay-wet palette or saving system.  eg. screw-jar towers,use a chocolate box, ideas are on this page (at the bottom)
  • If you ever get urges to try watercolour or oils or mixed media, I will gladly let you play on a little project with my materials before you invest in a whole new medium range. (PS.Disclaimer: this offer is for students who are levelling up with all foundatin subjects including drawing.)


  • Our Water jars can be utilised, filled by you when you arrive, emptied after use and returned to the station you used (please)
  • Brushes for acrylics need to be washed in cold water, not hot
  • There are cups, filtered water, tea and coffee, please help yourself.(wash up please, Yo mama dont live here)
  • Please check your kit before leaving home to make sure you have everything you will need for your current projects and planning. 


  • Everyone starts at their own level, some with no experience and some others have had mixed experience, even fine art diplomas and degrees. You will absorb a lot from the learners around you, things to do, things not to do. Your creative journey is your own individual one however, and we make available an art curriculum planner for you to print and update to keep a track of what you need to cover and what you want to achieve each term. There are no tests, no pressure, you need to plan for how much time you can put into your creativity. Class is only 20 hours a term, so any extra time that you can find in a week to learn more from the theory and practical modules (including drawing practice) that we offer you will serve to fast-track your development in all areas. The online studio offers many extras.
  • If you have not yet done so, please familiarise yourself with some basic terminology, which you can build on as you go along.
  • The fundamental areas of colour mixing and relationships,  value,contrast, light and shade, composition and design, drawing and paint application techniques) cannot be conquered in one term or even one year, but if you plot your own achievable course, we will support you all the way. Anyone can purchase extra learning project modules at anytime online if you have the time to work independantly on do more at home. While you are enrolled they will all be provided as you go along.
  • Subject choices: you will, like everyone else, have many ideas for art works, that you will be itching to try. It is highly recommended to choose your subjects wisely in order to practice and learn as many of the above fundamentals that you can. 

 NB: The genres that you lean towards dont change the foundation subjects required. 
eg. Good abstract art works, expressionistm surreal etc are created using many of the same foundation skills as figurative works. Your eye, brain and hand need to train well to work together to be able to execute your ideas,tell your visual stories, and do so originally, skilfully and hopefully in a highly engaging way, utilising the elements and principles of design, sound mark making skills, colour and value mastery etc. The modern abstract masters who pioneered movements, all did so, upon a similar foundation.  



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