Painting with Gouache and Oil Pastels (five-day immersive workshop)

Come learn the basics of painting in gouache, and explore the rich and surprising ways the medium interacts with oil pastels. Draw and paint from observation and imagination, and experiment with the materials while working at your own pace. Participants will also be invited to use invented, spontaneous marks, personal emblems and imaginative subjects to explore compositions that emphasize texture, color, space, and surprising juxtapositions of media and content.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Gain an understanding of how gouache painting interacts with oil pastel

  • Develop confidence in using both mediums for artistic expression

  • Increase your knowledge of composition, light/dark contrast, color analysis, and use of texture

Required supplies:

  • 6–10 sheets of watercolor paper: 11×14, 14×17 and/or 18×24

  • A selection of good quality oil pastels and tubes of gouache in basic colors: red, yellow, ultramarine blue, phthalo green and quinacridone violet, plus black and white*

  • Round tip watercolor brushes from #8 to #11

  • Small sponges

  • Palette cups

  • Water container

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in the school store. Members receive a 10% discount on purchases.