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Gouache Painting 1S

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

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:
  • 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