Gouache Level 1
Gouache Level 1
Gouache Level 1
Gouache Level 1
Gouache Level 1

Gouache Level 1

OCTOBER 14, 21, 28, NOVEMBER 4, 11 & 18

Regular price $225.00
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Course Fee: $225
Materials: Student-provided (see Supply Information below)

DATES: MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 21, 28, NOVEMBER 4, 11 & 18, 2024
TIME: 2:30PM - 4:30PM PT
LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+)
LOCATION: Building 306, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. 

Gouache is a wonderful medium to paint with. It is an opaque, water-based pigment rich with a full range of colors, painted on watercolor paper, and portable. It is becoming popular with artists, especially oil painters, who want a pigment-rich medium for traveling and plein air, or just want a satisfying second medium. 

However, it can be frustrating to learn on your own because there are some tricks to getting the right consistency, testing colors, blending, and brush handling. This class is designed to teach you the tricks and guide you from simple mixing exercises to finished observational paintings, so you can easily feel successful with the medium. 

All levels of painters, from beginner to experienced, with basic drawing skills or above will enjoy this class. 


  • 9"x 12" cold press watercolor pad, 140 lb. (Fluid brand is recommended because of its texture).
  • Sketchbook for taking notes and making small sketches.
  • Artist-grade* tubed gouache in warm and cool primaries plus white (One large tube or two small of white, smaller tubes for the other colors).
    • Recommended sets are: Holbein Artist Gouache, set of 12; Schminke Designers Gouache set of 12; Turner Designer (not acryl) Gouache set of 12 (25 ml); Winsor Newton Designer Gouache set of 10. The large M. Graham White is recommended for the extra tube of white.
    • If buying tubes separately: Warm reds are pyrrol red, cadmium red medium, cadmium red hue; cool reds are permanent alizarin crimson, quinacridrone rose or magenta; warm yellows are hansa yellow, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium yellow medium hue; cool yellow is lemon yellow; warm blue is manganese blue or pthalo blue (green shade); cool blue is ultramarine. Some brands have different names for the colors so please email the instructor if you have questions.  
    • Optional colors: burnt umber, yellow ochre or raw sienna, burnt sienna, viridian, chrome green, permanent green light.

*This is one medium where anything less than artist grade is frustrating. Don't waste your money on inexpensive gouache because the lower pigment loads will frustrate you.

  • Brushes: Leave your wonderful watercolor sables at home. Gouache does not like brushes that hold a lot of water.  Inexpensive nylon (a.k.a."taklon") short-handle brushes are recommended in flat and bright 1/4", 1/2" and one or two small rounds. Look at the bottom edge of the bristles and make sure your brush is thin, not fat like a watercolor brush would be.
  • Paper towels or Scott shop towels.
    • Optional: in addition to paper towels, a few of the fat green automotive detailing towels save paper towel use.
  • A mixing tray or airtight 16-well paint saver storage box with the removable silicon inner lid (also comes with the collapsible water dish). Very affordable and will save your paint from drying out and make it easy to transport. This should run about $10 online (there are some companies trying to charge much more).
  • A misting spray bottle.
  • 2B pencil and white eraser.
  • Drafting tape or artist tape.
  • Optional: Creative Mark scrubbers in a variety of small sizes.

After registration, course details are available via the Northwind Art School learning portal, including course syllabus and supply information. Learn more

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.

See more: courses with Anne
Artist website: Anne Pfeiffer@annepfeifferartist and @annepfeiffer

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