I'm delighted that you're thinking about signing up for my January 2024 gouache sketching workshop. Gouache is by far my favorite medium due to its versatility and capacity both for fine detail and for intuitive impressionism. If you don’t know much about gouache, here’s a little introduction to the medium. You can check out the listing photos on the left to see some examples of my gouache sketches, and don't forget to familiarize yourself with the Required Materials List.
In this four-week workshop, I’ll be guiding participants through the use of gouache paint to create effective sketches informed by a working understanding of light, shadow, color harmony, and the medium of gouache. The workshop will be organized around four 2.5-hour video conference sessions during which participants will sketch alongside me as I lead exercises, paint a demo, and talk through my process. Feedback will be offered as part of each week’s session, and there will be opportunities to ask questions and seek guidance about painting problems that arise during the session. Sessions will be recorded for participants to access for a period of three months following the conclusion of the class.
Registration will give participants access to a private Discord channel where the weekly group video sessions will be hosted and where they will be able to share their work throughout the week for feedback. Participants will be able to access and engage with the Discord community even after the conclusion of the workshop.
Whether you're a beginner or have been working with gouache for awhile, this class is designed to bring the medium to life for you in exciting new ways and help you use it to capture your own life and travels with striking and meaningful sketches.
Course Goals & Expectations
Participants will be expected to purchase (or already own) the items on the “Required Materials” list before the beginning of the class and to come to class each week prepared to paint alongside the group and to appear with their video camera on. They will not be expected to show their painting on camera while they are working on it, but will be encouraged to show it during a “debrief” segment of the class during which I will check in with the group and answer questions. Participants will be asked to complete weekly painting homework on their own time and share their work in the Discord group for feedback.
Those who faithfully attend every class meeting will complete 4 to 8 gouache sketches and receive instruction about the fundamentals of gouache painting and the knowledgeable utilization of color values and color harmony.
This workshop will be capped at ten participants, and there must be a minimum of three participants enrolled in order for it to go ahead. I will give you a 1-week notice via email if I need to cancel due to low enrollment, in which case you will of course be refunded in full.
A full refund (minus a $30 registration fee) will be given if you need to withdraw from the workshop at least three weeks before the first session. (After that time, I'll be unable to give you a refund since it will most likely be too late for me to fill your spot. However, you will be welcome to transfer your spot to a friend.)
Note: If necessary, you can pay for your registration in four installments. Select this option at checkout to learn more.
Workshop Session Dates:
February 1, 2024: (Thursday) 6:30pm-9pm EST
February 8, 2024: (Thursday) 6:30pm-9pm EST
February 15, 2024: (Thursday) 6:30pm-9pm EST
February 22, 2024: (Thursday) 6:30pm-9pm EST
Workshop Session Subjects:
Week One: “Sketching a Still Life”
Week Two: “Sketching a Figure”
Week Three: “Sketching a Landscape”
Week Four: “Sketching a Seascape”