ONSITE: Painting with Gouache: Opaque Watercolor

Learn how to use gouache paint as we create works from observation. Gouache is an opaque, flat, color medium with beautiful possibilities. We'll start with a one-subject painting from observation and then move through projects with a variety of subjects like still-lifes with fruits and vegetables, flowers and botanicals, interiors and furniture, and outdoor landscapes. We will also go outdoors to paint and evening scene, a great exercise in painting under quickly changing light conditions.

Special Notes

  • Gouache is a water-soluble + safe medium to work with. Basic understanding of drawing and perspective is helpful for this class but not neccessary. If a student has experimented or has basic knowledge/skill with painting with watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc., it is helpful but not neccessary. Students with no experience are welcome to take the class. Other materials that work well with gouache: ink, color pencils, watercolor pencils, soft pastels, graphite, etc.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.

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About the Instructor

Dorian Cohen

Dorian Cohen graduated from VCU where he studied in the Communication Arts department, concentrating on Illustration. After graduation, he went on to gain more knowledge and tutelage from the Illustration Academy, where he learned a multitude of techniques and mediums, from well renowned illustrators. Dorian uses many techniques in his illustration, and does not stick to one medium. He employs the use of digital mediums, such as Photoshop and Procreate, but his love for traditional medium trumps all. He uses pen and ink, oil, acrylic, gouache and printmaking, especially, block printing.


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ONSITE: Painting with Gouache: Opaque Watercolor

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April 3 - May 86 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Day: Wed
Tuition: $190.00
Member Tuition: $171.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Dorian Cohen
Level: All Levels