Okay, so we bought our first materials! Medium-weight canvas, white acrylic for the base coat, and black for detail work, and sponge brushes. Big shout-out to Blick Art Supplies for their 10% student discount! Here's the link if you'd like to visit them online: http://www.dickblick.com/ (I know it doesn't sound like a site you should be visiting!)
First task: To cover the office floor with dropcloth and mask the edge of the canvas.
Wish us luck!