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Introduction to Gouache

Curious about gouache? It’s being used by many artists today and is a fun medium to explore as it is affordable and easy to use. Gouache is an opaque watercolor medium which allows for corrections in a way that transparent watercolor does not. It’s been used by artists for over 600 years. Its recent revival has been sparked by the fact that it is not as toxic or plastic as acrylic paint but can be layered and manipulated to make detailed or abstract images. It is especially popular with artists who like working with flat, geometric shapes and designs that maintain a hint of transparency.

Supply list (Shop at Woodruff’s in Mashpee Commons and receive a discount when you mention this class)

  • A Canson Watercolor pad, 9 x 12”
  • Starter set of gouache paints (the best you can afford—beware of the $5 sets as they often aren’t worth even $5)
  • Watercolor brushes (you can use mine the first day to see what you like)
  • A small reusable container or cup for water
  • Paper towels
  • A palette (I recommend a white ceramic plate from a thrift shop or your cupboard)

Mary Richmond grew up on Cape Cod and has drawn and painted her way through life. Watercolor is her preferred medium. Today her work can be found on her website or in the many illustrations she does for various publications. She has taught watercolor for many years and loves helping her students make creative breakthroughs in their work. Her teaching style is casual and encouraging.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.