What is gouache?
Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. Where transparent watercolors allow you to see the "white" of the paper below the paint, gouache paint can be applied in solid opaque colors, which allows artists to paint in layers. This versatile medium can do MORE than you expect... lets explore it together!
Join me for this 8 week course on everything you need to know about painting with gouache! Work together with me to learn, create, and even watch the feedback that I gave to some of the participants of the first round - feedback that you can apply to your own work.
Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to hone in on your gouache painting skills, this course will provide the structure you need to get to a deeper understanding and a wider practice.
When? This Course is now something you can start right now enjoy at your own pace.
Session 1: Painting with Consistency
Gouache is an amazingly versatile medium! While its versatility is fantastic, this often makes the outcome hard to predict or control. The first step in this is beginning to understand the materials and techniques we need to use in order to create consistent marks and passages. This is the base skill that we, at all levels (myself included) can ALWAYS afford to put more time and practice into, and ill show you how!
Session 2: Wet to Dry
This is the second key concept we need to understand: How to lean into the "wet to dry" nature of gouache and water media. This can often be seen as a weakness... but I'll show you how it can become your biggest strength!
Session 3: Gradients
Gradients are an amazing way to communicate form and movement, and now we will have an opportunity to learn about the practice and application of gradients. There is always more to learn and master when it comes to gradients and this is an open invitation, no matter where you are in your journey, to sit down and learn how to improve! I can wait to dive into this with you!
Session 4: Layering
Gouache has an amazing capacity for immense layering! This module will explore the art of layering, glazing and re-wetting - you heard that right! you can re-wet and work INTO your painting if you like, and I will show you how!
Session 5: Wet in wet
Now we are talking! Wet in wet! this is where we begin to dive into the techniques about how to handle, push, and pull the naturally expressive wet quality of gouache. Did you say charging? placing? dropping? salting? lets talk about it.
Session 6: Handling Value
So... your gouache changes value as you paint... lets talk about it! Are there methods and materials that can help us predict, or even prolong the eventuality of this effect? oh yes, Lets get into how to handle value with gouache!
Session 7: Opaque AND Transparent.
Like a mentor of mine once told me, "If you are only using gouache for opaque painting you are only using half of gouache." so lets get into the other half, and talk about how to use both opaque and transparent painting to make our paintings even richer!
Session 8: How far can we push gouache?
Gouache is often communicated as an intermediate medium. You and I both know this isn't true and that no matter how far you push its use and technique there is always further to go. So lets learn how to push beyond by completing a few paintings together!
What Materials will I need?
First a word on materials. While I am going to give you a list of recommended materials, you need to understand that the materials don't make the artist. You can make amazing paintings on sub par paper, with sub par paints. So if you can't get your hands on the following materials exactly, thats ok. If you have any questions about if you can do it with what you have, send me an email at [email protected] and we can talk about it.
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