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Gouache Painting 1M20

Create a painting that captures the essence of your neighborhood. Gouache is a versatile, non-toxic opaque watercolor with a rich, matte surface. Working from your own photographic resources, design an effective composition that represents elements in your landscape (urban or otherwise) using this opaque watercolor paint. Limit 8 students 

Vicki Kocher Paret

Vicki Kocher Paret

Vicki Kocher Paret is a functional potter and a representational painter of still life and landscape, exploring beauty in objects and place. Her work is collected throughout the United States in private, institutional and corporate collections.

She began her formal training with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work in clay began while completing a Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and she has taken additional classes at Harvard Ceramics Studio, Mudflat Studio and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Vicki divides her studio time over the last fifteen years with teaching young people at the DeCordova Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, serving as Chair of the Art Department for Waring School in Beverly, and teaching both adults and children at the Arlington Center for the Arts as well as at the Eliot School.

Materials & Tools:

Students should bring:


  • Several still life objects that you are interested in painting  (items should be available for both sessions to observe and paint such as food items – i.e. fruit/veggies with interesting shape/color; ceramic vases, cups, or bowls; a plant)
  • 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).
  • A palette:  metal, plastic or ceramic, 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