Painting with Gouache (Opaque Watercolor) with Kelly Drake
Tuesday, May 22 2018, 9:30am - 12:00pm PDT. copy to my calendar, iCal export
Port Townsend School of the Arts 306, Fort Worden Campus, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (map)


Why learn to paint with gouache (pronounced GWASH)?

Well, compared with watercolor, gouache gives you a much greater ability to cover up mistakes. Gouache has a higher pigment content and is made up of larger pigment particles, which results in incredibly vibrant, rich color. It’s also very effective a covering large areas with flat color, so it’s a fantastic medium for abstract pieces. What’s more, you can paint on toned (even black!) paper, which doesn’t really work with traditional watercolor. And gouache dries to such a distinct flat matte finish…a look that’s difficult to get from another paint.

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Learn to paint with gouache and follow in the footsteps of artists such as Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee and Georges Rouault. While many oil painters have used gouache as a quick-drying medium for studies, artists have also used it for finished pieces (see Park near Lu, 1938, by Paul Klee or Lombard’s House, 1931, by Edward Hopper.)

Join us May 1st and learn to paint with gouache! In this class, you’ll learn all about how to use gouache, from what support to paint on, which brushes to use, how much water to add (along with other additives such as gum arabic), various ways of using color, and when to (and when not to) use a varnish. Come to class ready to have lots of fun, and to learn something new!