(LIVE ONLINE) Introduction to Gouache

Levels: Beginners

Offered: Fridays, November 6 - December 4, 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong


Gouache is an under-appreciated watercolor medium that has amazing versatility and can transcend the boundaries of many other mediums. It can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic. In this series class, each week Cynthia will provide an- depth look into the nature and versatility of gouache.

Offering a variety of techniques that capitalize on gouache strengths, while mitigating challenges, students will come away with a deepened understanding of gouache handling capabilities. Instruction, demos, in class exercises and homework assignments will explore it’s many strengths, from reintroducing lights (highlights) and delicious velvety matte finish, to intensely rich pigments and luscious handling.

Separate critique sessions to be scheduled for review of homework.

Materials List:

Gouache in tubes:

• Permanent White • Cadmium yellow • Yellow ochre
• Cadmium red

• Alizarin crimson • Spectrum violet • Ultramarine blue • Cerulean blue

• Burnt umber • Burnt sienna

Other colors will be introduced to tempt you…but the above list will get you where you need to go.

Brands suggested: Winsor Newton, M.Graham, Schminke, Holbein (NOT the Acryla Gouache!)

140 lb cold press watercolor block (any size up to 9 x12), Or Cottonwood Arts laminated cold press boards (available online at cottonwoodarts.com)

Watercolor/acrylic brushes: #8 pointed round, 1/2 & 1 inch flats; selection of various size brushes for detail work (will discuss in class first day).

Additional Instructions: Zoom videoconferencing system will be used for this online class. You will receive the Zoom link about a week before the first day of class. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with Zoom and test logging in before the first session. Please log in 10-15min in advance to allow the class to start on time. A recording will be emailed to you within 1-2 business days after the end of the class.

Fee: 150.00 Join Now