Exploring Gouache and Oil Pastels

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.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

  • Gain an understanding of gouache painting combined 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 to 10 sheets of watercolor paper 11×14, 14×17, and/or 18×24 inch

  • A selection of good quality oil pastels, and

  • Tubes of gouache* in basic colors:

    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Thalo green
    • Quinacra violet
    • Black
    • White
  • Round tip watercolor brushes from #8 to #11

  • Small sponges

  • Palette cups

  • Water container