Start date: March 23, 2018

End date: April 27, 2018

Time: Fridays, 10am - 1pm

Location: MBG, Larkins Classrom


A series of six classes that will study, draw and paint the Garden’s Plant Collections in “gouache,” while using your regular watercolor paints.

Gouache painting is a watercolor based painting technique that typically allows for a looser style of working as opposed to the more disciplined transparent watercolor technique of botanical art.

The essential difference is the opacity of the paint, which, when applied to paper is completely opaque rather than transparent. It is the opacity of the paint that makes painting on colored paper, if you wish, possible and subsequently a very popular choice. Painting on colored paper can be used to enhance the subject that you are painting — giving your work added impact and panache.

“Gouache” as a painting technique has been in use for several centuries. It was very popular during the Victorian era when modern production techniques made the mass production of paints available to an eager and ever growing consumer audience.

Previous art classes strongly recommended.

Instructor- Derek Norman

MBG Members: $125
Non-member: $150

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