Gouache Painting


I am also participating in a gouache painting course at VISA. My drawings over the past couple of years include watercolour, pen and ink, pencil, and pencil crayons. Gouache being opaque and flat will be a great contrast and companion to the transparency of the watercolour medium.


The description of the course on the VISA website:

Gouache (gwash) is an expressive, opaque, water-based paint favoured by 20th century artists such as Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Francis Bacon. Gouache is popular today with many contemporary artists such as Olaf Hajek, Anish Kapoor and Maira Kalman who appreciate gouache for its lush, saturated colours and ease of use. Gouache is similar to watercolour but with an added inert white pigment. The result is paint with a smooth, matte finish that is almost velvety in appearance. It is compatible with other water-based media such as acrylic, transparent watercolour, ink, and markers, as well as the dry media of pastels and coloured pencil. In many ways gouache embodies the finer qualities of watercolour, oils and acrylics while avoiding many of their limitations. This course introduces students to gouache through a series of imaginative and creative weekly assignments. Course delivery will include hands-on demos, examples of other artists' works and critique.


Kate Scoones is teaching this “Painting with gouache” course. Kate is a great teacher, enthusiastic and boy does she ever know the properties of gouache and how to use it. Check out Kates website to read about her and to see her beautiful work in oil paint and gouache.


Kate Scoones - Tramp the Speedway Poodle