Painting from Photographs with Gouache
Painting from Photographs with Gouache
Painting from Photographs with Gouache
Painting from Photographs with Gouache
Painting from Photographs with Gouache

Painting from Photographs with Gouache

APRIL 8, 15, 22, 29, MAY 6 & 13

Regular price $275.00

Course Fee: $275
Materials: Student-provided (see Supply Information below)

DATES: MONDAY, APRIL 8, 15, 22 & 29 and MAY 6 & 13, 2024
TIME: 11:00AM - 1:00PM PDT
LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+)
LOCATION: Building 306, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. (COVID protocol will be observed, read our policies here)

Painting from photos instead of life has its advantages and disadvantages, and we will discuss how to overcome the challenges and embrace the advantages. You will fine tune your painting intentions, drawing and composition skills, color and value decision making, as well as your brush handling.

Gouache, a wonderfully portable and forgiving painting medium, is becoming popular with artists who otherwise paint in oils or acrylics. There are some secrets to gouache, so we will practice the basics before we paint from photos. Students will need some basic drawing experience, but not necessarily any painting experience.

Required materials:

  • 9" x 12" block of watercolor paper. Anne's favorite is the Fluid brand cold press because it is just the right absorbency and texture.
  • Tubed designer (not acryl or acrylic) gouache set with at least one each of warm and cool primaries plus an extra tube or two of white. Suggested: Turner Design gouache set of 12 or 18 11ml tubes, or Winsor Newton set of 10 14ml, and the best white is M.Graham Titanium in the larger tubes. You will use a lot of white. If you have an incomplete set of colors, we have tubes to supplement your set.
  • Artists tape (tan or white).
  • Watercolor brushes: 1/2" flat, 1/4" flat, small pointed round or Chinese or sumi brush. Avoid the thicker ones made for washes. We want the ones with thin edges for painting edges.
  • Paper towels or shop towels.
  • Scrubber watercolor brush (Creative Mark makes affordable sets).
  • Plastic watercolor palette, the folding kind is fine and portable.
  • Mixed media sketchbook, drawing pencils, and eraser for paint mixing exercises, composition studies, and taking notes (8" x 10" or 9" x 12").
  • A collection of photos you have taken and a device for viewing photos, such as tablet or phone, or color printouts (not needed on the first day because we will discuss how to choose and take photos).

Optional but highly recommended:

  • Transon paint storage palette box 24 wells from Amazon. This will keep your paint wet after you squeeze it out. Although you can reconstitute dried gouache with water, the tube consistency is best and this box will help you save that nice consistency.
  • Water misting spray bottle.
  • Very absorbent microfiber cloths like the green ones often sold in the auto department. These cut down on your use of paper towels and you can wash and reuse them.

    Anne Pfeiffer has a graduate degree in painting and decades of experience as a high school art teacher, community college art instructor, and adult and teen workshop instructor. She currently lives in Port Angeles and paints landscapes and still lifes, often plein air, and participates in regional and national exhibitions and events.

    Artist website: Anne Pfeiffer@annepfeifferartist and @annepfeiffer

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