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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The instructor will provide gouache paint and an Aquabord panel to paint on.

Students should bring:

  • $20, payable to the instructor to cover the cost of gouache paint and a panel
  • Several still life objects of interest (items should be available for both sessions to observe and paint such as food items – i.e. fruit with interesting shape/color; ceramic vases, cups, or bowls; a plant; etc.)
  • Brushes: 3 different-sized watercolor brushes – rounds: small, medium and large (i.e. synthetic sable, round brushes, sizes 2, 4 or 5 and 8,10 or 12).
  • Metal, plastic  or ceramic palette, preferably white, with enough area to put out a full palette (13 colors), and an area to mix paint.  The palette can be a flat surface with a lipped edge, or with wells to hold paint.    
  • Paper for thumbnail sketches (sketchbook, newsprint, printer/copier or drawing paper – several pieces around 8 1/2 “ x 11”)
  • #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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