Intro to Painting with Gouache
Instructor: Myriam Tillson
Starts: September 3, 2019
This gouache workshop will be made up of 4 videos that will explore the use of gouache as a painting medium in its own right. Throughout the course, students will learn more about the particular properties of the medium, how it compares to other similar paints such as watercolor and acrylic, what materials work best with it, and how to use it to make the most of it and its specific qualities.
Viewers will start by being introduced to the paint in some detail, and will be shown which papers, brushes and tools can help enhance their experience with the medium. They will then be taught a few key tips and tricks that should help them get more familiar with gouache, and give them the basic knowledge they’ll need to get a better idea of the potential of the paint. Such tips and tricks will include information on how to use gouache in an opaque manner, how best to mix it to achieve the ideal consistency, alternative ways to apply it (washes, glazes…etc…), exercises to practice the various techniques mentioned, and some examples on how to use it with its popular cousin, watercolor.
The workshop will aim to give students a certain level of knowledge about gouache to then fuel their confidence, and spark their interest and desire to explore it further in their own time. It will focus on the potential of the paint as a visual tool, and how versatile and enjoyable it is to use and experiment with.
Gouache is a fantastically fun and useful medium, and the opportunities for experimentation and growth it opens, either used on its own, or in conjunction with other paints, are endless, and I hope this workshop will demonstrate that in an appealing enough way that anyone will feel like they can give it a go!
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