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Mixed Media

Gouache with Pastels Classes | Perkins Center for the Arts

5 weeks | 3 hour sessions

Members: $100; Non-Members $120

Wednesdays 10am - 1pm | Sept. 24th - Oct. 22nd


This 5 week class will introduce how gouache and pastels make a great combination! Learn to use gouache as an underpainting and apply pastel as your top layer. This mixed-media painting technique is loaded with color and vitality! Come and explore concepts of color theory and composition guidelines depending on your level of artistry. A great introduction to how to use color. Basic and "high end" professional artist materials will be introduced and demonstrated.


Topic Highlights:

  • Gouache and pastel basics. The different types of brands. Pencils vs. sticks.

  • Discussions on color basics to advanced.

  • The "underpainting process".

  • Introduction to base textures.

  • Make it "POP" with pastels on top!

  • How to protect your masterpiece.

Weekly Schedule Outline:

Week 1 -    

Introduction to your mediums... gouache, pastels and gesso. How the process works.

Discussion on color. Begin 1st paint study... the underpainting. Hands on demonstration.

Week 2 -

Continue the underpainting. Applying pastels. Hands on demonstration.

Week 3 -

Continue with underpainting and pastel combination. Complete 1st paint study.

Week 4 -

Begin final paint study. Your choice of subject matter. Revisit underpainting options for final painting.

Week 5 -

Complete final paint study. Hands on demonstrations. How to protect your masterpiece.


Supplies List:

  • Cold press illustration board (2)

  • Graphite pencil

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Vinyl and kneaded eraser

  • Gouache paint set

  • Pastel set

  • Watercolor or acrylic brushes - #2, 4, 6 shader. #10 filbert brush

NOTE: If you have existing supplies, they may be acceptable. For questions, please contact your instructor. Please bring at least three 8” x 10” color printed photographs or laptop images of your chosen subject matter. Images on cell phones are not recommended.



Class Information and Registration:

Info: Mark at 856.676.1355

Registration: 856.235.6488


Class Location:

Perkins Center for the Arts

30 Irvin Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

p: 856.833.0009 (Collingswood)

p: 856.235.6488 (Moorestown)


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