Gouache, Oil Pastels, and the Figure (five-session workshop)

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. The first hour of the class will be spent on demonstrations by the instructor. During the second hour, students will have a chance to work independently and share their work in progress with the instructor and the class. Two of the classes will focus on figure work from the model.

Special Notes
This is an in-person class that will take place in our second floor rear studio with strict social distancing protocols and a maximum of six students in the space. Students will be required to wear masks for the entire duration of the class. 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 Friday, May 28.

What you will learn:

  • 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″x 14″, 14″ x 17″ and/or 18″ x 24″

  • A selection of good quality oil pastels and tubes of gouache in basic colors: red, yellow, ultramarine blue, phthalo (or permanent) green and quinacridone (or red) violet, plus black and white. Do not buy any gouache that includes “acrylic” in the description!

  • Round tip watercolor brushes from #8 to #11

  • Small sponges

  • Palette cups

  • Water container