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Gouache Painting 1W20

Working from observation, explore painting with gouache on panel. This non-toxic, opaque watercolor provides rich, matte color that can be used in a range of applications from thin and semi-transparent to many semi-opaque or opaque layers. Start by composing a still life with thumbnail sketches, then apply layers one by one to achieve a glowing, beautiful result.

This class meets at Eliot School Annex, 253 Amory St., Jamaica Plain.

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:

  • $20, payable to the instructor to cover the cost of gouache paint and an Ampersand Aquabord panel
  • 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; or????)
  • 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