Gouache Painting


Gouache is a versatile, non-toxic, opaque water-based paint. Working from still lifes and photographs, compose your pieces using thumbnail sketches, then develop paintings using layers and other gouache techniques. Limit 8 students

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All Levels




$20 payable in class.

  • Brushes: 3 different-sized watercolor brushes – small, medium and large (i.e. synthetic sable, round brushes, sizes 2, 4 or 5 and 8,10 or 12).
  • Paper for thumbnail sketches (newsprint, printer/copier or drawing paper – around 8 1/2 “ x 11”)
  • Around 6-10 pieces of 11” x 14” watercolor paper. Individual sheets, a pad or block of 140 lb. or greater watercolor paper.  Sheets can be cut into smaller pieces. A piece of 300 lb. watercolor paper or an Aquabord for the final project later in the class is optional (this is not needed in the beginning classes). Watercolor paper is available in different surfaces: Rough, Cold Press, and Hot Press, in order of the roughest to the smoothest surface. Sampler pads are available that include different textures, or students may share paper to experiment with different textures. The instructor prefers cold press.
  • Metal or plastic palette, preferably white, with enough area to put out a full palette, and an area to mix paint.  The palette can be a flat surface with a lipped edge, or with wells to hold paint.    
  • #2 pencil or B to 2B drawing pencil
  • Eraser

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1S: June 2 & 9, 9:30am–12:30pm
Instructor: Vicki Paret

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