Learn to Paint with Gouache with Kelly Drake, January 12-February 9

Learn to Paint with Gouache with Kelly Drake, January 12-February 9



In my years teaching people how to paint with watercolors, I’ve heard this question many times:

“What is gouache? Is it the same as watercolor?”

And my answer is no . . . but also yes! You can do so many things with gouache. Sometimes it looks like watercolor, sometimes it looks like acrylics, oils or tempera. The quality that makes gouache so unique and is that it dries to a very flat, velvety surface which is very beautiful. As a graphic designer and illustrator, I love how bright the colors are and remain even after they dry!

Gouache is one of those mediums that requires some special techniques and know-how, though and that is what this class is about. I can show you the tricks and tips you need to start painting in gouache, and create the effects you want, without the frustration. You’ll find out what support to paint on, which brushes to use, how much water to add (plus other additives, such as gum arabic), as well as when to (and when not to) use a varnish. Come to class ready to have lots of fun, and to learn something new!


-A set of gouache paints, such as Holbein Artist’s Gouache, set of 12-5ml tubes (can get more colors or bigger tubes if you want)
-An assortment of soft watercolor brushes (a wash brush, at least one medium-sized round brush, and a fine tip brush for details. You could also add a medium and small flat brush for straight edges)
-Gum arabic (one bottle)
-Matte Finish Spray (Varnish)
-Plastic Palette (big enough to hold all of your colors, and has some wells for mixing)
-Drawing Board or piece of Gatorboard, at least 15x20
-Blue Masking Tape
-Sketching pencil
-One 9x12 or 11x15 Watercolor paper pad for experimenting, sketching
-4 pieces of 15x20 Crescent Watercolor Board (2 cold press, 2 hot press) for final paintings

Note: If you already own any or all of these supplies, please bring them. No need to double up on supplies! 

NOTE: Olympic Art & Office and Quimper Mercantile offer 10% discount for PTSA students.

REMEMBER MEMBERS: You get ten percent off this class! Use your discount code at checkout. To join, CLICK HERE.

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