Working from displays of snacks, drinks, and household items, we will explore the unique qualities of still life painting in gouache. Gouache is a magnificent, water-based media used for creating rich, opaque, paintings that have a wonderful, velvety surface. With this versatile media, you can create flowing washes, big bold shapes, or even delicate, fine lines. We will start with some basic exercises to build confidence and understanding of the unique properties of gouache. Each week, we will focus on one or two objects with simple shapes such as glass bottles, pitchers, fruits, and vegetables as we practice the basic elements of art such as value, color, design, composition, and form. During week four, we will combine these objects using our recently acquired techniques to create a composition. Join us as we explore this exciting medium!
Materials List: You may purchase your own from most art suppliers such as Riley Street in Santa Rosa or Jerry’s Artarama and Trekell online. You may also purchase the day of class from Healdsburg Center for the Arts.
Gouache paints: Titanium White (2 oz.), Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Spectrum Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Payne’s Gray, Sap Green, Viridian, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber
Recommended brushes: Princeton Snap 1” Stroke, Princeton Snap 3/4” Stroke, Princeton 4050ST ½” Stroke, Trekell 1000 Crimson Taklon Flats (1 small, 1 medium)
Strathmore Visual Journal, Watercolor 140lb or watercolor paper (pads or sheets)
Airtight Paint Storage, Ceramic Mixing Palette, Small spray bottle, Cotton rags for cleaning and wiping brushes